When the 2023 season began for Rhett Lowder he was just beginning his junior season at Wake Forest. After going 15-0 in 19 starts for the Demon Deacons the Cincinnati Reds made him the 7th overall pick and the second pitcher taken in the draft.
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The draft being later in the summer has really crushed the chances of seeing many pitchers make their debut in the minor leagues the year that they were drafted. The amount of time off between the end of a high school or college season and the time in which players are signed can be two months and teams just aren’t willing to push guys back into a normal workload after that much time off. And that’s what happened with Rhett Lowder. Eventually he was assigned to the High-A Dayton Dragons, but the plan was never to get him on the mound and to pitch in games. Instead the plan was simply to get him more acclimated to the professional baseball life. He spent the final month of the season with the Dragons, but was never active.
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Rhett Lowder Scouting Report
Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 2″ | Weight: 200 lbs. | Acquired: 1st Round, 2023 Draft | Born: March 8, 2002
Fastball | An above-average offering that has both velocity and movement. The pitch works in the mid-90’s and will touch 97 MPH.
Slider | Another above-average pitch that has sweeping action and works in the mid-80’s.
Change Up | An above-average to plus offering that also works in the mid-80’s.
One of the more advanced pitchers in the 2023 draft, Lowder has both stuff and polish. He has shown the ability to throw strikes with all three of his pitches and he’s also got swing-and-miss stuff.
Without any professional experience there are still going to be some questions that he will need to answer. College starters go once a week, and while most guys can go to the 5-day schedule and keep their stuff, you’ve got to see it. Then of course there is the additional innings in the season and being able to hold the stuff over the course of 150+ innings that will be expected (eventually) of a professional pitcher.
Interesting Stat on Rhett Lowder
He only had two double plays in 2023 over his 19 starts. They came in back-to-back games.