HOUSTON -- Even before Astros manager Brad Mills got to know Jed Lowrie when he was the bench coach of the Boston Red Sox and Lowrie was a part-time infielder, he saw him play in college and was immediately impressed.
That's why Mills isn't surprised to see Lowrie do so well this year. The shortstop entered Wednesday hitting .307 with a team-high four homers and 12 RBIs, and had yet to make an error before misplaying a ball in the first inning Wednesday. But Mills is somewhat surprised to see Lowrie be so consistent.
"I hadn't seen that," the manager said. "He wasn't the everyday guy when I was [in Boston], but I knew the ability was there. I knew the ability was there in college."
Mills got a close-up look at Lowrie while he was a player at Stanford, and Mills' son, Beau, was playing for Fresno State. Beau Mills is currently playing at Triple-A Columbus in the Indians' system.
"I saw him play, and I said, 'That guy is going to be a pretty good player,'" Mills said. "People said he was going to be a high draft pick. I saw him hit two home runs in one game in college -- one from each side of the plate. We knew he had some ability then, and when he was with Boston, we knew he had that ability, but to do it on a consistent basis, I hadn't seen that."