• Full name Rhett Hamilton Lowder
  • Born 03/08/2002 in Albemarle, NC
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Wake Forest
  • Drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2023 (signed for $5,700,000).
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    School: Wake Forest Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4
    BA Grade:55/High
    Tools:Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 60. Control: 60.

    While Wake Forest has become a pitching factory in recent years, Lowder became the first player in program history to be named ACC pitcher of the year after a 2022 season where he posted a 3.08 ERA in 99.1 innings, with a 25.1% strikeout rate. He followed that up with a dominant showing for Team USA’s Collegiate National Team during the summer, and then in 2023 was among the most consistent pitchers in the country as the Friday night starter for one of the best Wake Forest teams in program history—again winning ACC pitcher of the year honors. Lowder posted a 1.87 ERA through 19 starts and 120.1 innings, with a career-high 30.4% strikeout rate, career-low 5.1% walk rate. He threw at least six innings in 15 of his 19 starts.. He’s large and physical with a 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, an up-tempo windup and a lower, three-quarter slot. There are pitchers with “louder” pure stuff, but it would be hard to find a pitcher with better feel for a legitimate three-pitch mix. He throws a fastball that sits 93-94 mph and has been up to 97 with tons of running life and has pounded the zone at a 70% or better rate in each of the last two seasons. He also has great feel to land a mid-80s, sweepy slider and a mid-80s changeup. Both are consistent swing-and-miss offerings and seem to play off of each other nicely—whether that’s due to Lowder tunneling the trio well or because he simply commands them at will and throws each around a third of the time. Lowder might be nitpicked by some teams because of his running fastball, his relative lack of projection and an extreme-open toe, crossfire landing. Still, he’s posted, has above-average stuff across the board and is one of the safest starting profiles you’ll find in the class.

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  • RHP Rhett Lowder assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts from Dayton Dragons.

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