By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
In a few short months, Aberdeen Ironbirds (Class-A Short) LHP Zac Lowther has gone from draft pick to New York-Penn League All-Star.
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The 6’ 2” 235 lb. southpaw was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round (competitive balance round B, 74th overall) of the 2017 draft out of Xavier University.
In 3 years with the Musketeers, Lowther compiled a 14-11 record in 48 appearances (36 starts). He pitched to a 2.92 ERA with 249 strikeouts and 89 walks over a span of 237.2 innings. Lowther set a Xavier single season strikeout record in 2017 with a total of 123, which placed him 12th nationally.
Lowther made his professional and Aberdeen debut on June 30th and it was nothing less than auspicious. Pitching 3.0 innings against the Brooklyn Cyclones (NY Mets) he surrendered 0 runs while allowing just 1 hit; Lowther struck out 5 and walked none. He has neither looked back nor regressed since then.
So far this season Lowther’s record is 1-0 in 7 starts. He has pitched 28.1 innings to a 0.95 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Lowther has struck out 35 while walking 4 and allowing New York-Penn opponents a batting average of .200. It makes no difference to Lowther which side of the plate a batter stands as he is limiting right-handed batters to a .203 batting average and left-handed batters a .192 batting average.
All of this has resulted in Lowther being named to the New York-Penn League All-Star team on August 8th. This is quite an honor for a player who was still pitching in college back in June and shows why the Orioles selected him as highly as they did.
Known as a “swing and miss” type pitcher, Lower uses his fastball and a deceptive delivery (low three quarter release point) to get hitters out. His command and above average curveball allow him keep hitters off balance. Lowther’s third pitch is a change-up which some feels is his weakest offering and needs improvement.
Lowther projects as a major league starter and his numbers so far reinforce that opinion. Maturity and experience should only make him better. Keep an eye on this young man; he has only begun to scratch the surface of what he is capable of.
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