Position: RH SP
Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 215
Acquired: Drafted 5th Round (3th overall) in 2013 from Spring HS, Texas
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #19 – 2015 Midseason
- #22 – 2016 Preseason
- Interview, August 2013
- Interview, May 2015
- VIDEO: Full AB K, June 2017
- In-person report, June 2017
- Interview, June 2016
- All FutureSox articles tagged Thaddius Lowry
- South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week, June 2014
Lowry was an over-slot signing (400k, vs 310k slot), and tossed 44 innings with Rookie level Bristol his draft year, in a mix or starts and relief appearances under an innings restriction (1.73 WHIP, 4.5 BB/9, 6.1 K/9). He went to Kannapolis in 2014 on a delayed start from extended ST, making 17 starts and not missing many bats (4.76 ERA, 10.7 H/9, 3.0 BB/9, 4.4 K/9). In 2015 as a 20-year-old he repeated A-ball, where his peripherals improved (2.4 BB/9, 5.4 K/9) and he got hit less (9.4 H/9) as he more fully adopted the changes recommended by his coaches on his delivery. He also nearly doubled his innings load to 150.2, so he’s now stretched out as a starter. In 2016, Lowry continued his steady improvement. He had a rough start to the year, but in late May he made some changes after being alerted to potential pitch-tipping, and after that he posted a 3.61 ERA, 1.9 BB/9 and 6.4 K/9 in 14 starts. He was then promoted to AA Birmingham for a brief 4-game look. In 2017, after scuffling through 9 starts for the Barons (8.16 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 6.5 K/9), he was moved to the bullpen where the numbers were substantially better (4.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 6.9 K/9).
This tall Texan certainly looks the part and combines his advanced size and frame with ample athleticism and strength. Lowry’s bread and butter is a sinker in the 87 to 93 range that he adds and removes from, but consistently shows heavy character. He’s also got a slider that has shown major league average and hints at better occasionally, arriving in the low 80’s. Now as a reliever his change-up is used only sparingly. For a guy who’s been in the system this long it’s surprising to report he’s going into just his age 23 season, so he’s still got potentially peak years ahead. He could open back in Birmingham, or might find a way into Charlotte’s bullpen in 2018.
Major League Outlook: Middle/long reliever
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