Xavier's Zac Lowther becomes highest MLB draft pick in school history
SECAUCUS, N.J. (WKRC) - Xavier junior ace Zac Lowther was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 74th overall pick in the MLB First Year Player Draft on Monday, June 12, becoming the highest-ever XU player drafted when his name was called in the compensatory selections of the second round.
Lowther has been one of the top strikeout artists at the NCAA Division I level all season long. After leading the prestigious Cape Cod League in strikeouts last summer, Lowther has been mentioned as the top MLB Draft prospect in the BIG EAST all season long.
An All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Lowther set the Xavier single season strikeout record in 2017 with 123 punchouts -- a number which ranks 12th nationally. Lowther is also fifth nationally in hits per nine innings (5.18) and fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (13.28).
He capped the season with a 2.92 ERA and a 5-5 record, while fanning 123 in 83.1 innings. The junior lefty allowed just 48 hits and a .164 opponent batting average. In BIG EAST play, he was even more dominant with a 2.25 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 32 innings.
He allowed just 15 hits in six league starts, holding conference opponents to a .134 batting average.
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Information courtesy Xavier Univ Athletics