Thursday, September 23, 2021

Former Cuyahoga Heights standout promoted to MLB club

Former Cuyahoga Heights standout pitcher Zac Lowther has been promoted to the Baltimore Orioles big league club and will be available for the team’s season finale on Sunday against the Oakland A’s.

The Baltimore Sun reported on the move after learning of it from

A first-team All-Ohioan as a senior and a three-time All-Chagrin Valley Conference pick, Lowther continued his baseball career at Xavier University where he earned All-Big East Conference honors twice and as a junior was named second-team ABCA/Rawlings Northeast All-Region.

The Orioles drafted Lowther with their second-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

Through his first 61 games in the Baltimore farm system, Lowther has posted a 2.26 earned run average in 61 games. In 2019, Lowther struck out 154 batters in 148 innings in 26 starts for the Double-A Bowie Baysox.

All but two of his minor league appearances came as the starting pitcher but Lowther did prove his worth as a reliever during a spring training game this season.

He entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs and retired the side. He followed that scoreless inning with two more and could make his Major League debut as a relief pitcher.

The Orioles host the Athletics at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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