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Jed Lowrie Playing as Good as Advertized for Oakland Athletics

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This off-season the Houston Astros traded away a very good young player to the Oakland Athletics in return for even younger players. Jed Lowrie was the name that came to the Athletics. There was nothing wrong with him in any way; the Astros just were going in a different direction. It has turned out to be all pluses for the Athletics who have found out exactly what the Lowrie buzz was about. This guy is just good.

Lowrie is batting .378 with a .451 slugging percentage and 1.162 OPS. Those have him among the team leaders as do the 3 homeruns and 8 RBI. His fielding has been solid and he has proven to be able to play more than one position very well. The Athletics might have lost a game or two but they are sitting on top of the American League West for a reason and that is they play the game well as a team.

Team player is something that might as well define Lowrie. I can’t think of a better term for someone, anyone willing to play in different positions. Lowrie is the type to run up to the coach and just say, “Put me in somewhere coach, I’m ready to play.” Whatever injuries that might have contributed to the amount of playing time that Lowrie has gotten, I think he deserves a starting spot somewhere on this team no matter where they stick him in the line-up. Especially with an injury or two, a constant offensive presence is something they need and Lowrie can give that to them.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.