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Zac Lowther

Zac Lowther

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 2" 235 | Age: 23
Draft: 2017 (Rd: CBB, #74, Baltimore Orioles) - Xavier
USA
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MLB Rankings
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
Sprint Speed
xwOBA
xBA
xSLG
 
Poor
Avg
Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 3 3 2.17 7 7 0 37.1 31 1.18
Career Minors 13 9 2.05 42 40 0 215.1 257 0.98
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 7 3-3 2.17 37.1 31 1.18
Career Minors 42 13-9 2.05 215.1 257 0.98

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2017 Aberdeen IronBirds NYP A(Short) 2 2 1.66 12 11 0 54.1 35 11 10 1 11 75 0.85
2018 2 Teams Minors 8 4 2.18 23 22 0 123.2 86 33 30 8 35 151 0.98
2018 Delmarva Shorebirds SAL A(Full) 3 1 1.16 6 6 0 31.0 12 4 4 2 9 51 0.68
2018 Frederick Keys CAR A(Adv) 5 3 2.53 17 16 0 92.2 74 29 26 6 26 100 1.08
2019 Bowie Baysox EAS AA 3 3 2.17 7 7 0 37.1 27 10 9 2 17 31 1.18

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50

The Orioles took Lowther with the No. 74 overall pick in the second Competitive Balance round in 2017 after a dominant career at Xavier during which he led the Big East Conference in strikeouts as a sophomore and then established a school record for strikeouts (123) while finishing fourth in NCAA Division I in whiff rate (13.3) as a junior. The left-hander has continued to pile up strikeouts since entering the professional ranks, as he posted a 12.4 K/9 during his pro debut and followed it with 11.0 K/9 in his first full season, much of which he spent at Class A Advanced Frederick.

Lowther's track record of missing bats is testament to his dominant fastball. He throws the pitch with only fringy velocity, sitting at 87-91 mph and occasionally bumping a few ticks higher. However, the massive extension he generates to the plate, combined with his fast arm and slightly lower slot, gives the pitch a high spin rate and late riding life that enables him to consistently beat hitters within and above the strike zone. An above-average curveball and a tumbling, low-80s changeup that's at least average comprise Lowther's secondary arsenal, and he keeps hitters off balance with both pitches.

Physically mature and durable, Lowther has long shown that he can handle a heavy workload. That trait alone suggests the floor of a No. 5 starter, and it would surprise no one within the organization if Lowther, with his unique profile and arsenal, were to further his success and ultimately surpass that projection.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
05/07/2019 Bowie Baysox activated LHP Zac Lowther from the temporarily inactive list.
05/03/2019 Bowie Baysox placed LHP Zac Lowther on the temporarily inactive list.
03/31/2019 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Bowie Baysox from Frederick Keys.
05/28/2018 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Frederick Keys from Delmarva Shorebirds.
05/15/2018 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Delmarva Shorebirds from Aberdeen IronBirds.
05/04/2018 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Aberdeen IronBirds from Delmarva Shorebirds.
03/30/2018 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Delmarva Shorebirds from Aberdeen IronBirds.
03/11/2018 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Baltimore Orioles.
06/30/2017 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Aberdeen IronBirds.
06/13/2017 Baltimore Orioles signed LHP Zac Lowther.
06/13/2017 LHP Zac Lowther assigned to Baltimore Orioles.