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The ACC pitcher of the year in 2022 and 2023, Rhett Lowder pounds the strike zone with a well-rounded arsenal. The Reds used the seventh overall pick on the 6-foot-2 righty from Wake Forest after he logged a 1.87 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 143:24 K:BB in 120.1 innings across 19 starts as a junior. His changeup might be his lone plus pitch, but his fastball and slider project as above-average offerings. Lowder's fastball sits in the low 90s and can touch 97 mph with sink while his sweeping slider sits in the mid-80s. His plus control combined with the lack of effort in his delivery give him a pretty high floor if he can avoid significant injuries. Lowder throws all three of his offerings over 30 percent of the time, and he could be a quick mover through the minors. He opened the season at High-A Dayton and moved quickly to Double-A Chattanooga after five starts.

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  • Reds' Rhett Lowder: Makes Double-A debut

    Lowder (0-1) was Double-A Chattanooga's losing pitcher in Saturday's 5-4 loss. He allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings. Lowder allowed a first-inning run then hurled three scoreless frames before running into trouble in the fifth. It was his debut for the Lookouts after being promoted from High-A Dayton. The 2023 first-round draft pick cruised through the Midwest League, posting a 2.49 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 25.1 innings.
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  • Reds' Rhett Lowder: Climbs to Double-A

    The Reds promoted Lowder from High-A Dayton to Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday. He'll move up a rung on the minor-league ladder after opening his professional career with a 2.49 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 29:6 K:BB across 25.1 innings through his five starts in the Midwest League. Lowder, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, didn't pitch after signing with the Reds last summer, likely because he had handled a hefty workload for Wake Forest during his final collegiate season earlier in the spring.
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  • Reds' Rhett Lowder: Makes professional debut

    Lowder allowed two hits and one walk while striking out five over four scoreless innings for High-A Dayton on Friday. Lowder, the Reds' first-round pick in 2023, made his full-season debut and was impressive, allowing only one ball to leave the infield. Scouts believe the 2022 and 2023 ACC Pitcher of the Year should move quickly through the minors, given his smooth delivery and control.
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  • Reds' Rhett Lowder: Throws one inning

    Lowder allowed one hit and struck out two over a scoreless inning of relief in Monday's Cactus League game against Milwaukee. Lowder, the Reds' first-round pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, was making his first career spring start. He pitched the seventh inning, with the lone hit he allowed a broken-bat single, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. The right-hander threw 13 pitches (10 strikes), with both of his punchouts coming on called third strikes.
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  • Reds' Rhett Lowder: First look coming Monday

    Lowder is scheduled to pitch in one of the Reds' split-squad games Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. This marks the first time Lowder will throw to professional batters in game conditions. He threw during Fall Instructs, but the right-hander was already at his innings limit when Cincinnati selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2023 Draft.
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  • Reds' Rhett Lowder: Headed to MLB camp

    Lowder will participate in the Reds' major-league camp this spring, Mark Sheldon of reports. Lowder was selected by the Reds with the seventh-overall pick in the 2023 Draft but did not pitch in organized ball following the draft, although he did impress in fall instructs, per his draft profile on The move to hold him out of game action could be due to the 120.1 innings the right-hander rung up at Wake Forest during a season in which the Demon Deacons reached the college World Series. The profile believes Lowder will be fast mover through the system, noting an advanced feel for pitching and one of the college game's best changeups.
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