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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
39.3 4.03 1.36 36 2 1 0 0.2
Birth Date6-7-1983
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age31 years, 4 months, 17 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.32010
0.52011
0.22012
-0.42013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2006 SEA 23 15 0 18.7 0.0 18.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 75 12 4 4 1 18 9 8 2 20 1.93 3.51 2.59 5.7 0.6
2007 SEA 24 4 0 2.7 0.0 2.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2 2 2 1 6 3 3 0 3 6.75 9.31 7.61 -0.6 -0.1
2008 SEA 25 57 0 63.7 0.0 63.7 1 5 1 5 0 0 303 78 44 38 6 117 34 34 4 55 5.37 4.45 4.38 7.1 0.6
2009 SEA 26 75 0 80.0 0.0 80.0 2 7 3 10 0 0 339 71 39 29 7 113 29 28 0 69 3.26 3.64 4.40 9.2 0.9
2010 SEA 27 11 0 10.3 0.0 10.3 1 3 0 0 0 0 45 11 5 4 1 16 5 4 0 7 3.48 4.40 3.59 1.7 0.2
2010 TEX 27 3 0 3.0 0.0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 7 4 4 1 11 1 1 0 5 12.00 5.05 3.39 1.1 0.1
2011 TEX 28 52 0 45.0 0.0 45.0 2 3 1 2 0 0 196 46 26 19 6 76 19 15 0 42 3.80 4.19 4.60 5.0 0.5
2012 TEX 29 36 0 39.3 0.0 39.3 0 2 0 0 0 0 162 35 15 15 5 60 13 13 0 28 3.43 4.27 4.85 1.6 0.2
2013 ANA 30 11 0 11.7 0.0 11.7 1 0 0 1 0 0 56 11 12 12 1 19 11 10 0 7 9.26 5.82 8.05 -3.6 -0.4
2014 CLE 31 7 0 7.0 0.0 7.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 39 10 7 3 2 20 6 2 0 6 3.86 7.73 5.86 -1.2 -0.1
Career2710281.30.0281.38215180012442831581303145613011862424.164.284.5525.72.5

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 EVE A- 18 3 38.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIS A 22 22 103.7 5.92 34 .274 .261 .336 .381 .258 .343 65 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2006 SEA MLB 15 0 18.7 2.59 149 .209 .276 .341 .439 .260 .256 104 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
2006 SBR A+ 13 2 29.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .233 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SAN AA 11 0 16.0 3.90 118 .243 .271 .340 .417 .267 .273 54 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2007 SEA MLB 4 0 2.7 7.61 32 .341 .268 .343 .416 .264 .167 93 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2007 EVE A- 1 1 1.0 4.84 94 .001 .292 .398 .441 .297 .000 95 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2007 WTN AA 3 1 2.7 7.76 24 .204 .273 .361 .432 .279 .250 97 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2007 TAC AAA 7 3 6.3 4.31 112 .335 .295 .361 .465 .271 .440 98 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2008 SEA MLB 57 0 63.7 4.38 104 .300 .264 .332 .414 .260 .353 97 7.5 0.7 7.1 0.6
2009 SEA MLB 75 0 80.0 4.40 107 .243 .268 .336 .430 .264 .274 98 9.2 0.9 9.2 0.9
2010 SEA MLB 11 0 10.3 3.59 118 .272 .255 .316 .378 .242 .312 98 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2010 TEX MLB 3 0 3.0 3.39 138 .364 .216 .279 .300 .219 .667 122 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2011 TEX MLB 52 0 45.0 4.60 109 .261 .258 .321 .399 .261 .310 114 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2011 ROU AAA 6 0 9.3 1.50 172 .202 .264 .337 .395 .255 .318 95 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2012 TEX MLB 36 0 39.3 4.85 96 .253 .249 .314 .400 .258 .259 106 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2012 FRI AA 3 0 4.0 10.42 -44 .353 .255 .331 .402 .270 .250 95 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2012 ROU AAA 2 0 2.0 1.65 164 -.019 .267 .382 .415 .280 .000 88 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2013 ANA MLB 11 0 11.7 8.05 11 .317 .243 .311 .377 .259 .270 99 -3.6 -0.4 -3.6 -0.4
2013 SBR A+ 3 0 5.0 3.07 132 .060 .281 .361 .450 .284 .091 85 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2013 SYR AAA 24 0 28.7 3.55 119 .264 .255 .326 .396 .255 .373 101 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
2014 CLE mlb 7 0 7.0 5.86 59 .414 .258 .312 .404 .267 .320 100 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2014 COH aaa 41 0 41.7 4.97 96 .253 .264 .328 .394 .250 .368 107 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 EVE A- 1 2 7 18 3 38.3 42 14 38 4 0% .336 9.9 3.3 0.9 8.9 1.46 4.93 0.0 0.0
2005 WIS A 6 6 0 22 22 103.7 107 49 72 12 53% .343 9.3 4.3 1.0 6.2 1.50 5.47 -2.2 -0.2
2006 SAN AA 0 2 4 11 0 16.0 14 3 14 1 43% .273 7.9 1.7 0.6 7.9 1.06 2.25 2.8 0.3
2006 SBR A+ 1 0 2 13 2 29.1 14 11 46 0 0% .233 4.3 3.4 0.0 14.2 0.86 1.86 0.0 0.0
2006 SEA MLB 1 0 0 15 0 18.7 12 9 20 1 48% .256 5.8 4.3 0.5 9.6 1.12 1.93 5.7 0.6
2007 EVE A- 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 33% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2007 SEA MLB 0 0 0 4 0 2.7 2 3 3 1 0% .167 6.8 10.1 3.4 10.1 1.88 6.75 -0.6 -0.1
2007 WTN AA 0 0 0 3 1 2.7 2 2 1 0 38% .250 6.7 6.7 0.0 3.3 1.48 3.33 0.1 0.0
2007 TAC AAA 0 0 0 7 3 6.3 12 3 5 1 31% .440 17.1 4.3 1.4 7.1 2.38 5.71 1.8 0.2
2008 SEA MLB 1 5 1 57 0 63.7 78 34 55 6 45% .353 11.0 4.8 0.8 7.8 1.76 5.37 7.1 0.6
2009 SEA MLB 2 7 3 75 0 80.0 71 29 69 7 41% .274 8.0 3.3 0.8 7.8 1.25 3.26 9.2 0.9
2010 TEX MLB 0 0 0 3 0 3.0 7 1 5 1 30% .667 21.0 3.0 3.0 15.0 2.67 12.00 1.1 0.1
2010 SEA MLB 1 3 0 11 0 10.3 11 5 7 1 27% .312 9.6 4.4 0.9 6.1 1.55 3.48 1.7 0.2
2011 TEX MLB 2 3 1 52 0 45.0 46 19 42 6 50% .310 9.2 3.8 1.2 8.4 1.44 3.80 5.0 0.5
2011 ROU AAA 1 0 0 6 0 9.3 7 4 13 0 59% .318 6.8 3.9 0.0 12.5 1.18 2.89 4.9 0.5
2012 FRI AA 0 1 0 3 0 4.0 4 2 6 2 30% .250 9.0 4.5 4.5 13.5 1.50 9.00 -2.2 -0.2
2012 TEX MLB 0 2 0 36 0 39.3 35 13 28 5 34% .259 8.0 3.0 1.1 6.4 1.22 3.43 1.6 0.2
2012 ROU AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 0 0 4 0 50% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0.00 0.00 0.7 0.1
2013 SBR A+ 0 0 1 3 0 5.0 1 0 6 0 64% .091 1.8 0.0 0.0 10.8 0.20 1.80 1.0 0.1
2013 SYR AAA 3 1 1 24 0 28.7 31 10 37 3 33% .373 9.7 3.1 0.9 11.6 1.43 3.14 4.8 0.5
2013 ANA MLB 1 0 0 11 0 11.7 11 11 7 1 42% .270 8.5 8.5 0.8 5.4 1.89 9.26 -3.6 -0.4
2014 COH aaa 4 3 17 41 0 41.7 46 17 47 4 48% .368 9.9 3.7 0.9 10.2 1.51 5.62 2.2 0.2
2014 CLE mlb 0 1 0 7 0 7.0 10 6 6 2 30% .320 12.9 7.7 2.6 7.7 2.29 3.86 -1.2 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1200 0.4958 0.4850 0.7556 0.6891 0.2826 0.8146 0.6140 0.2427
2009 1263 0.5550 0.4909 0.7903 0.6633 0.2758 0.8559 0.5935 0.2065
2010 225 0.5067 0.5022 0.7788 0.7018 0.2973 0.8625 0.5758 0.2212
2011 756 0.5317 0.4630 0.7743 0.6269 0.2768 0.8254 0.6429 0.2257
2012 637 0.5447 0.4317 0.8109 0.6052 0.2241 0.8714 0.6154 0.1891
2013 243 0.4115 0.4339 0.8286 0.6700 0.2657 0.9104 0.6842 0.1714
2014 128 0.5469 0.5078 0.6923 0.6857 0.2931 0.7917 0.4118 0.3077
Career44520.52310.4740.77990.65870.27140.84330.60940.2188

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-20 2013-05-06 15-DL 16 16 - Neck Stiffness - -
2012-06-26 2012-08-10 15-DL 45 36 Right Trunk Strain Intercostal - -
2011-09-21 2011-10-22 DTD 31 8 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2010-07-09 2010-09-29 TradedDL 82 72 - Low Back Recovery From Surgery Microdiscectomy 2010-06-15
2010-05-05 2010-07-09 60-DL 65 59 Right Low Back Surgery Microdiscectomy 2010-06-15 -
2009-03-23 2009-03-26 Camp 3 0 - General Medical Illness Diabetes -
2008-08-24 2008-09-02 DTD 9 8 Left Foot Contusion -
2007-08-28 2007-10-01 15-DL 34 33 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2007-04-01 2007-07-24 60-DL 114 96 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Microfracture of Cartilage Defect 2006-10-01
2006-08-20 2006-10-01 60-DL 42 38 Right Elbow Surgery Microfracture of Cartilage Defect 2006-10-01
2006-08-06 2006-08-12 DTD 6 6 Right Elbow Soreness -
2005-06-06 2005-07-08 Minors 32 28 Right Hand Contusion - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CLE $
2013 ANA $575,000
2012 TEX $1,700,000
2011 TEX $1,200,000
2010 SEA $1,150,000
2009 SEA $418,000
2008 SEA $390,000
2007 SEA $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$5,813,000
7 yrTotal$5,813,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 155 dJeff Frye1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/16/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Tampa Bay 3/26/14. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 3/31/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cleveland 5/22/14. DFA by Cleveland 7/8/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/12/14.
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2013). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/8/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. May earn additional $0.6M in performance bonuses. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Released by LA Dodgers 3/24/13. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 3/27/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Angels 3/30/13. DFA by LA Angels 5/29/13. Released 6/6/13. Signed by Washington as a free agent 6/12/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.7M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2011). Re-signed by Texas 11/29/10 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 55, 60, 65 games. $25,000 for 20 games finished.
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2010). Re-signed by Seattle 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Texas in trade from Seattle 7/9/10.
  • 1 year/$0.418M (2009). Re-signed by Seattle 2/27/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Seattle 2/08. Optioned to Triple-A 8/25/08. Recalled 9/2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Re-signed by Seattle 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 8/9/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Seattle 7/06.
  • Drafted by Seattle 2004 (5-153) (Texas-Arlington). $0.17M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 3 1.3 0.4 54 0 56.8 43 18 52 5 .249 1.08 2.76 3 10.8 1.1
80o 2.6 1.1 0.4 48 0 50.7 41 18 46 5 .263 1.16 3.14 3.41 7.1 0.7
70o 2.3 1 0.3 44 0 46.5 40 17 43 5 .274 1.23 3.42 3.72 4.7 0.5
60o 2.1 0.9 0.3 41 0 42.9 39 17 39 5 .282 1.28 3.66 3.98 3.0 0.3
50o 1.9 0.8 0.2 38 0 39.7 37 16 36 4 .291 1.34 3.90 4.24 1.5 0.2
40o 1.8 0.7 0.2 35 0 36.5 36 15 33 4 .299 1.39 4.13 4.49 0.3 0.0
30o 1.6 0.6 0.2 32 0 33.2 34 14 30 4 .308 1.45 4.39 4.77 -0.9 -0.1
20o 1.4 0.5 0.2 28 0 29.5 31 13 27 4 .318 1.53 4.69 5.1 -1.9 -0.2
10o 1.1 0.4 0.1 23 0 24.4 28 12 22 3 .333 1.63 5.12 5.57 -2.9 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.90.80.237039.03615364.2891.323.864.21.70.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
24% 37% 22% 21% 77%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153231051053482045741.2711.283.794.128.13.47.61.20.5
20163321048049482042641.2881.384.294.668.83.67.71.10.2
20173421041042441835641.2961.464.795.219.43.87.41.3-0.1
20183521039041411532541.2871.384.364.749.13.37.11.10.1
20193621035037371629541.2881.454.605.009.13.97.11.2-0.0
20203721034035351427541.2911.404.494.889.03.66.91.30.0
20213810029030321223441.2971.454.905.329.53.66.81.2-0.1
20223921032033351325441.2981.454.574.979.53.56.81.1-0.0
20234011030031331223441.2971.454.705.109.63.56.71.2-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
13.618.113.412.65.63.263.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Tyler Yates 2009 9.00
2 87 Todd Coffey 2012 5.12
3 85 Jorge Julio 2010 0.00 DNP
4 85 Darren Holmes 1997 5.84
5 85 Kerry Ligtenberg 2002 3.10
6 85 Doug Corbett 1984 2.33
7 84 Jason Motte 2013 0.00 DNP
8 84 Scott Proctor 2008 6.98
9 84 Mike Timlin 1997 3.72
10 84 Al Holland 1984 3.48
11 84 Ricardo Rincon 2001 3.17
12 84 Jose Veras 2012 3.90
13 84 Mike Jackson 1996 4.00
14 84 Bill Campbell 1980 5.66
15 84 Elias Sosa 1981 3.66
16 83 Dave Baldwin 1969 4.16
17 83 Lindy McDaniel 1967 4.21
18 83 Scott Sullivan 2002 7.09
19 83 Jason Christiansen 2001 3.22
20 83 Jeff Montgomery 1993 2.27
21 83 Paul Shuey 2002 3.84
22 83 Mel Rojas 1998 6.05
23 83 Aurelio Lopez 1980 4.14
24 83 Stan Belinda 1998 3.38
25 83 Mike Schooler 1994 0.00 DNP
26 83 Greg Aquino 2009 4.50
27 83 Jay Howell 1987 6.09
28 83 John Hiller 1974 3.06
29 83 Manny Acosta 2012 7.23
30 83 Steve Reed 1996 4.44
31 82 Ken Dayley 1990 3.80
32 82 Gene Garber 1979 5.60
33 82 Scott Dohmann 2009 0.00 DNP
34 82 Rick Aguilera 1993 3.24
35 82 Jeff Nelson 1998 4.02
36 82 Chris Ray 2013 0.00 DNP
37 82 Dave Borkowski 2008 7.50
38 82 Mark Eichhorn 1992 3.49
39 82 Antonio Osuna 2004 2.70
40 82 Don Aase 1986 3.20
41 82 Don Elston 1960 4.01
42 82 Rob Murphy 1991 3.38
43 82 Jeff Reardon 1987 4.59
44 82 Norm Charlton 1994 0.00 DNP
45 82 Lance Cormier 2012 0.00 DNP
46 82 Skip Lockwood 1978 3.57
47 82 Randy Myers 1994 4.02
48 82 Chad Harville 2008 0.00 DNP
49 82 Frank Dipino 1988 5.48
50 81 T.J. Mathews 2001 5.02
51 81 Tom Gorman 1956 4.39
52 81 Rudy Seanez 2000 4.71
53 81 Curtis Leskanic 1999 5.72
54 81 Bruce Sutter 1984 1.98
55 81 Mike Stanton 1984 4.28
56 81 Pat Neshek 2012 1.37
57 81 Arthur Rhodes 2001 1.85
58 81 Brandon Medders 2011 0.00 DNP
59 81 Jay Ritchie 1968 5.08
60 81 Alan Embree 2001 7.83
61 81 Vinnie Chulk 2010 0.00 DNP
62 81 Dan Miceli 2002 8.64
63 81 Will Ohman 2009 5.84
64 81 Michael Wuertz 2010 4.76
65 81 Enrique Romo 1979 3.55
66 81 Windy McCall 1957 13.50
67 81 Bob Howry 2005 2.84
68 81 Mike MacDougal 2008 2.12
69 81 Donnie Moore 1985 2.45
70 81 Tug McGraw 1976 3.24
71 81 Bobby Seay 2009 4.62
72 81 Roy Lee Jackson 1985 2.92
73 81 Bob Locker 1969 4.29
74 81 Doug Jones 1988 2.81
75 81 Heath Bell 2009 2.71
76 80 Hoyt Wilhelm 1954 2.51
77 80 Carl Willis 1992 2.95
78 80 Dennys Reyes 2008 2.33
79 80 Dave Veres 1998 3.07
80 80 Kyle Farnsworth 2007 5.25
81 80 Willie Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
82 80 Joe Hoerner 1968 1.65
83 80 Chad Fox 2002 5.79
84 80 Mark Guthrie 1997 5.71
85 80 Greg McMichael 1998 5.16
86 80 John Habyan 1995 4.17
87 80 Jesse Orosco 1988 3.06
88 80 Kent Tekulve 1978 2.93
89 80 Don Robinson 1988 3.21
90 80 Justin Speier 2005 2.70
91 80 Lee Smith 1989 3.69
92 80 Willie Hernandez 1986 3.65
93 80 Gary Lucas 1986 3.74
94 80 Chuck McElroy 1999 5.67
95 80 David Riske 2008 5.31
96 80 Joe Sambito 1983 0.00 DNP
97 80 Joe Black 1955 4.97
98 80 Mitch Stetter 2012 0.00 DNP
99 80 Manny Delcarmen 2013 0.00 DNP
100 79 Marvin Freeman 1994 3.12

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .273 .359 .496 .307
11 vs R (Multi) .237 .320 .361 .248
18 Split (Multi) .036 .039 .135 .059
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .316 .500 .526 .395
31 vs R (2013) .208 .321 .375 .247
38 Split (2013) .107 .179 .151 .148
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Armed with a mid-90s fastball and sharp slider, Lowe tantalizes with his talent and frustrates with his inconsistency. Since coming to Texas as part of 2010’s Justin Smoak-Cliff Lee trade, the right-hander has worked in middle relief for the Rangers, posting an acceptable 3.63 ERA in two seasons. However, Lowe became an afterthought in the bullpen last September as his velocity dropped a tick and he was battered down the stretch. Iffy command makes him hittable more often than he should be, given his closer-type stuff. Luckily for the Rangers, they should have enough back-end arms to keep him in a middle-relief role this season.
2012 Acquired along with Cliff Lee in the summer of 2010, Lowe finally made an impact in 2011, appearing in 52 games and showing the type of stuff that can find a home in the back of any major league bullpen. Despite owning well above-average stuff, most notably a 96-97 mph fastball and a nasty hard slider, Lowe doesn’t have the numbers to back up the nastiness; he misses bats but he doesn’t overwhelm hitters. He struggles with control, which makes him hittable and prone to the free pass, and he lacks consistency, pitching well for a few weeks before losing his release point and pitching poorly for a few weeks. His stuff will keep Lowe employed, but the inconsistency will keep fans and management frustrated.
2011 Drafted out of the University of Texas at Arlington by the Seattle Mariners in 2004, the 27-year-old reliever found himself back in Arlington as part of the Cliff Lee/Justin Smoak trade. Still recovering from back surgery, Lowe logged only three innings of work with Texas during the regular season, but should bring his late-inning, 95 mph fastball-slider arsenal to the 2011 bullpen, where he'll attempt to tap into the promise that his production has yet to reflect.
2010 Lowe cut down on his changeup usage in 2009 in favor of his slider, and right-handers really struggled to hit him as a result, averaging only .213/.257/.281 as compared to .250/.350/.326. Even better, lefties who had turned into a pretty realistic Lou Gehrig facsimile in '08, shrunk down to a more endurable .253/.335/.466. Lowe pitched primarily in the eighth inning for the Mariners, holding down leads for Aardsma to close out. He also seemed to get all the inherited runners that Aardsma was protected from seeing, but was only moderately successful at stranding them. With a BABIP of only .274, it's clear that Mariners' defense helped him out, but he also helped himself by cutting a walk and a half off of his walk rate. Still, his fly-ball tendencies make him a bit dangerous in high-leverage situations, especially on the road.
2009 After trading J.J. Putz to the Mets and returning Brandon Morrow to his rightful place in the rotation, the Mariners find themselves in need of a closer. Lowe, who occupied the setup role at times last season, would be the logical choice, but for his propensity to allow walks and homers. His mid-90s fastball, biting slider, and lefty-killing changeup give him the necessary raw materials to be a dominant short reliever, but he needs to regain the feel for his pitches which he possessed before undergoing two elbow surgeries in 2007. Perhaps another year removed from the knife will allow him to do so.
2008 Prior to the microfracture elbow surgery Mark Lowe had before last season, his calling card was a mid-90s fastball with good life that made him ideal for relief work. The radar-gun readings were still good when Lowe returned from the DL at the end of July, but he only lasted four appearances before elbow pain stopped him cold. While reports said he was throwing without pain again over the offseason, doing so under game conditions is a completely different animal.
2007 Seattle`s fifth-round pick in 2004, Lowe impressed the Mariners with a big fastball that touches triple digits and tore through the Cal and Texas leagues prior to landing in Seattle. Then came the arm pain, not surprising given the organization`s track record with young pitchers. `Minor` arthroscopic elbow surgery after the season turned out to be more substantial than expected, as Lowe had microfracture surgery to help generate new cartilage in the joint. There`s no telling if he`ll be ready to start the season, and, even if he is, if he`ll live up to the potential he showed in 2006.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best bullpen in baseball?
(Takahashi from Salt Lake)
A year ago, remember how bad the Rangers' bullpen was? It was their big weakness and it was going to bring them down and it would never survive a hot summer in Arlington. And now they have converted their closer to a starter and they still have a) Koji Uehara working mop-up innings! This is incredible to me. Isn't Koji Uehara one of the, oh, 20 best relievers in baseball? Maybe 15? And he is their sixth- or seventh man. He came in to the ninth inning down by six the other day. That's just his role! 2) They have Mark Lowe, who would be the easy answer to the Astros' closer question above if he were on the Astros, who hasn't pitched a game in even average leverage all year. The highest ALi he has this year is 0.49, which is ahead by five runs in the seventh inning. 3) They have the best bullpen in baseball. It's probably close, but I really want to be definitive, so I'm going to add "and it's not even close." (Sam Miller)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why was it that Mark Lowe was viewed as the potential replacement if Feliz went to the rotation?
(pfe1223 from Dallas)
Because he has the necessary stuff to pitch in that role. He wouldn't have been my first choice because his command isnt sharp, but the stuff is legit. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Mark Lowe a member of the Rangers at this point? Is he still hurt?
(jhardman from Rangerland, NC)
What did Mark Lowe do to Rangers fans? If he had his shit together he wouldn't have been a throw-in to the Lee deal. He's going to be up and down. That's why he's a 7/8 type and not a guy who is a hot commodity in the game. He has good stuff. He never had sharp command. (Jason Parks)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Mark Lowe has thrown 4,784 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Slider (86mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph).