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What if Lowther is ready?

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I was listening to Keith Law talk about lefty Jac Lowther and it brings up this question.   Law says Lowther gets great extension and a high spin rate on his pitches. It adds to his deception.  He says hitters just do not see the ball coming out of Lowthers hand.  Many uncomfortable at bats. Hitters does like facing him.  He doesn't think that makes Lowther a TOR starter but it does make him someone that will be a major league starter.

In 2019, that last time Lowther pitched in a pro season,  Lowther (25 in April)  had a  13-7, 2.55 ERA in 26 starts, 148 IP,  154 K and a  1.115 WHIP at AA Bowie.   What if he comes into camp and just shows he is ready.  Can he win a starting spot.  Does he go to Norfolk and be the first starter recalled when someone is injured or does not perform?    What do you think?

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I think he’s by far the most likely of the non-MLB pitchers the make the roster.    But I doubt he will.    I think the O’s will have him throw some AAA games and have success before a call-up.  

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22 minutes ago, Sports Guy said:

Then start him.  You don’t worry about gaming service time for him.

 

I'm sure it is absolutely existential that the O's control Lowther's age 31 season.

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Whether its early April or late April is not really an issue IMO.   Getting 5 months of Lowther if he is effective would be great progress.

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I'm not going to complain if they wait a few weeks, but get him in the O's starting rotation.  We don't need to see him go against AAA/AAAA hitters.      

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2 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

If he's ready, he's ready.  I don't see the need to make a thread about this.  

Then why did you post in the thread?

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I don't know if there's room even if he's ready, really, assuming most of the current starter candidates are healthy and pitching well enough. Maybe he could battle Zimmermann if they go with 6 starters? 

Lowther will get his shot, but it'll probably be later this summer. 

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I'm all for seeing Lowther and Wells as soon as they are ready. I can't think of anyone on the 40 man roster who should be held back if indeed they are ready. Question is whether they are ready and what is gained by pushing them up. 

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1 minute ago, Aristotelian said:

I'm all for seeing Lowther and Wells as soon as they are ready. I can't think of anyone on the 40 man roster who should be held back if indeed they are ready. Question is whether they are ready and what is gained by pushing them up. 

The better question is, what is lost?

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A 2nd round pick that has done well since being picked, Lowther should be a  part of the O's rebuild.   Possibly a core member.  When he is ready he should start over Felix and Matt Harvey who are both stopgaps at this point.

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10 minutes ago, wildcard said:

A 2nd round pick that has done well since being picked, Lowther should be a  part of the O's rebuild.   Possibly a core member.  When he is ready he should start over Felix and Matt Harvey who are both stopgaps at this point.

I question if you have been reading the frankly exciting reports about those two.  I think we are going to see something special this season.

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17 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

I question if you have been reading the frankly exciting reports about those two.  I think we are going to see something special this season.

Special isn't even the word for it.  

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33 minutes ago, wildcard said:

A 2nd round pick that has done well since being picked, Lowther should be a  part of the O's rebuild.   Possibly a core member.  When he is ready he should start over Felix and Matt Harvey who are both stopgaps at this point.

Well, he should be part of the rebuild IF he’s good.  
 

But I agree with your point.  No reason to keep any of the vets over him if you feel he is ready to start now.

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