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Friday on the Farm: Abi Ortiz making case as Rangers’ top prospect at first base

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The first baseman for the Texas Rangers is currently on a medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Round Rock.

Nathaniel Lowe could be ready for his 2024 debut on the next Rangers homestand, which starts Tuesday.

Ezequiel Duran, who along with Jared Walsh has been filling in for Lowe, is not a first baseman. Walsh is. Justin Foscue, on the Rangers’ injured list, is working on becoming a first baseman, and Blaine Crim, back at Round Rock, can also play first.

None of them is going to unseat Lowe, the reigning American League Gold Glove winner at first base. He is only two seasons removed from being an AL Silver Slugger.

Lowe is making $7.5 million this season, and the assumption is he will be back for his final two seasons of arbitration before free agency.

His first go-round on the open market should coincide with Abi Ortiz’s development into a big-league option.

Don’t know Ortiz? It’s a good idea to get to know him.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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2 Comments

  1. Sean Adams April 20, 2024

    I think Lowe is a free agent after the 2026 season.

    Reply
    1. Jeff Wilson April 20, 2024

      Correct. Super 2 guys always screw me up.

      Reply

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