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12-Year MLB veteran named NBC Graduate of the Year

WICHITA, Kan. – The National Baseball Congress is proud to announce the 2019 NBC Graduate of the Year, Jed Lowrie. The NBC Graduate of the Year Award has been awarded to former NBC players since 1975. Lowrie was born in Salem, Oregon on April 17, 1984 and lived in Salem his entire childhood.

In the summer of 2003, Lowrie played for the NBC affiliated Matsu, AK Minors in the Alaska Baseball League. While playing for Stanford University in 2004, Lowrie was named the PAC-10 Conference Player of the Year. Also in 2004, he won the gold medal at the University World Championship in Tainan City, Taiwan with the United States team.

In 2005, the Boston Red Sox drafted Lowrie as the 45th overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The infielder made his MLB debut with the Red Sox on April 15, 2008. He went on to bat .258 with 67 hits and 46 RBIs.

After four years in the majors with Boston, Lowrie was traded to the Houston Astros. After a single subpar year, he joined the Oakland Athletics, where his dominance emerged.

In his two years with the Athletics (2013-14), Lowrie recorded total 300 hits, 80 RBIs, 139 runs and 21 homeruns. The Athletics advanced to the American League Divisional Series in 2013 and America League Wild Card game in 2014.

Lowrie spent the following year with the Astros once again, his numbers suffering due to a torn ligament in his thumb. In November of 2015, Lowrie was traded to the Athletics where he would work his numbers up in the following seasons.

In 2018, Lowrie hit for a .267 average, 159 hits, 23 homeruns, 99 RBIs and 78 runs scored. His performance earned himself a spot on the American League All-Star team in 2018. The Athletics found themselves in the playoffs yet again in 2018, but were eliminated in the American League Wild Card game.

In January of 2019, Lowrie signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets. He has been on
the injury list since the beginning of the season with a knee injury.

In his 12 years in the major leagues, Lowrie has 104 homeruns, 509 RBIs, 1043 hits and a .263
career batting average.

The NBC is proud to add Jed Lowrie to the list of former NBC players who have excelled at the
next level as the NBC Graduate of the Year Award.

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