Lowe with the Toronto Blue Jays
|Detroit Tigers – No. 21|
Born: June 7, 1983|
|July 7, 2006, for the Seattle Mariners|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||4.22|
Mark Christopher Lowe (born June 7, 1983) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cleveland Indians, and Toronto Blue Jays. His fastball has been clocked as high as 101 mph. He also throws a slider and a circle changeup.
Lowe was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round of the 2004 MLB Draft and began his career with the Everett AquaSox of the Class-A Northwest League. In 22 starts with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2005, he made 22 starts and was 6–6 with a 5.47 ERA. He proceeded to play for the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino and San Antonio Missions in 2006.
He made his Major League debut for the Seattle Mariners on July 7, 2006 in relief against the Detroit Tigers, loading the bases before striking out the side. He opened his career by throwing 17-2/3 scoreless innings. He picked up his first win on July 19 against the New York Yankees. Lowe was placed on the disabled list on August 20 with right elbow tendinitis and was later transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his elbow after the season.
Lowe was placed on 60-Day disabled list on April 1 and began a rehabilitation assignment on July 3 with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. He also made rehab appearances for the Short Season Everett AquaSox and the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx before being activated on July 24, He was 0–0, with a 6.75 ERA in four relief appearances, during his seven rehab appearances in West Tennessee, Everett and Tacoma. He was optioned to Tacoma on August 9 to make room on the roster for John Parrish. He was recalled from Tacoma and placed on 15-day DL on August 28. He was rated by Baseball America as the Mariners number 8 prospect heading into the 2008 season.
In 2008 Lowe set career-highs in games (57), innings (63.2), and strikeouts (55). Among Mariners relievers, he ranked second in games, third in innings and third in strikeouts. He was 0–2, with a 3.60 ERA at home, the 6th-lowest home ERA by a reliever in the American League. He began the season by making 12 scoreless relief appearances in his first 13 games. Lowe recorded a 0.55 ERA by allowing just one run in 16.1 innings from March 31 to June 13. He tossed at least 2 innings in 12 of his 57 appearances.
He recorded his first Major League save April 11 against the Los Angeles Angels. Lowe was optioned to Tacoma on August 25, but did not make an appearance. He was recalled on September 2.
On July 9, 2010, Lowe was traded to the Texas Rangers with Cliff Lee for Justin Smoak and prospects Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matt Lawson. He made his debut for the Rangers on September 29, 2010 against Seattle, coming back from injury to throw a scoreless inning against his former team.
Lowe was included on the Rangers postseason roster for 2011 after posting an ERA of 3.80 in 52 games. He was on the mound when David Freese hit the walk off home run to end game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
He appeared in 36 games in 2012, with a 3.43 ERA.
Los Angeles Angels
On February 8, 2013, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that included an invitation to spring training. The Dodgers released him on March 24 and he signed another minor league contract, this time with the Los Angeles Angels on March 27. He was designated for assignment on May 29, and released on June 6.
Tampa Bay Rays
Lowe signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on November 20, 2013. He was released on March 26, 2014.
Lowe signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians in April 2014. He was called up to the majors from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on May 22. He was designated for assignment on July 8, and assigned outright to Columbus on July 12. Lowe elected free agency on October 12, 2014.
On December 18, 2014, the Seattle Mariners signed Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Before he was traded, Lowe had pitched 36 innings in 34 appearances out of the bullpen for the Mariners, with an ERA of 1.00.
Toronto Blue Jays
On July 31, 2015, Lowe was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Rob Rasmussen, Jacob Brentz, and Nick Wells. Over the last two months of 2015, Lowe pitched 19 innings of relief for Toronto, compiling a 3.79 ERA. His combined totals for 2015 (with Seattle and Toronto) were: 55 innings, 1–3 record, 13 games finished, and a 1.96 ERA.
On December 8, 2015, the Detroit Tigers signed Lowe to a two-year, $11 million contract. Lowe struggled in his first season with the Tigers, pitching to a 7.11 ERA in 49 1⁄3 innings.
Lowe played High School Baseball at Fort Bend Baptist Academy in Sugar Land, Texas. Lowe was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. Although initially he was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic, his diagnosis was changed to Type 1 before the 2009 season.
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