He was a lightly recruited and regarded player out of high school but surprised us by grabbing the starting job at second base midway through his freshman year. Lowrie was a solid hitter who had a big post-season, but nobody could have guessed the power and average he would hit as a sophomore. The Stanford standout earned an armful of All-American honors for a 2004 season where he hit .399 with 17 home runs and 68 RBI - earning a rare Pac-10 Triple Crown. Now a junior, Lowrie is expected to be taken in the top two rounds of next week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, possibly as high as the late first round or in the supplemental picks.
Entering this weekend, Lowrie is once again on top of numerous statistics for the Cardinal. He leads the team in batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.594), home runs (12), RBI (62), walks (39) and total bases (123). His fielding percentage might be his most impressive statistic of all, currently holding at .978 while fielding 43 double plays this year.
In this exclusive interview with The Bootleg, Lowrie talks about the strength of his often overlooked defense, his prospects and plans for next week's draft, and what we might expect from him in pro baseball.
Jed Lowrie video interview (Part I) -
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