Mark Lowe
Mark Lowe
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mark Lowe in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in January of 2018. Released by the Dodgers in March of 2018.
Looking to pitch in 2019
PFree Agent  
November 13, 2018
Lowe is looking to make a comeback in 2019, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lowe is currently working out in Portland, Oregon. The 35-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016, when he posted a 7.11 ERA and 1.58 WHIP across 49.1 innings for the Tigers, so he'll likely be forced to settle for a minor-league deal, with an invitation to spring training if he's lucky.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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2016
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .253 100 25 10 22 5 2 5
Since 2016vs Right .321 124 24 11 35 6 2 7
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .253 100 25 10 22 5 2 5
2016vs Right .321 124 24 11 35 6 2 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
2018
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2016
 
 
-34%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.68 1.26 25.1 0 1 0 8.9 3.6 2.1
Since 2016Away 8.63 1.92 24.0 1 2 0 9.0 4.1 2.3
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 5.68 1.26 25.1 0 1 0 8.9 3.6 2.1
2016Away 8.63 1.92 24.0 1 2 0 9.0 4.1 2.3
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mark Lowe
Mound Musings: Arms to Watch in the AL Central
March 9, 2017
Brad Johnson is breaking down each team’s pitching rotation, and up this week is the AL Central, including Detroit Tigers veteran Justin Verlander, who has been stellar since coming back from injury in 2015.
Regan's Rumblings: Preseason Closer Rankings
February 9, 2017
Dave Regan is back with his first Rumblings of 2017, turning his focus to all 30 teams and their potential closers heading into the season.
The Saber's Edge: Digging for Future Saves Now
May 18, 2016
Jeff Zimmerman looks at every team's closer situation and who might benefit from deadline deals. Can Sean Doolittle get his job back in Oakland?
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
April 24, 2016
Clay Link takes us through some AL waiver-wire candidates for this week, including a pair of Red Sox starting pitchers and a handful of Blue Jays infielders.
Mound Musings: Checking in on AL Bullpens
April 7, 2016
This week, Brad Johnson takes an in-depth look at American League closers to keep an eye on, including A’s Sean Doolittle.
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Prior to the All-Star break, Lowe was used as a setup man and picked up eight holds. However, he was rendered useless when it came to retiring batters and limiting runs as he turned in a 1.85 WHIP and 10.05 ERA over the season’s first half. Then, just when it appeared Lowe had nothing to offer, he showed a drastic improvement. In the months following, he chucked for a 3.05 ERA and held batters to a .197 batting average. Despite a resurgent second half, Lowe never earned the chance to pitch in high-leverage scenarios and didn’t record another hold. This came courtesy of the one aspect of his game that remained consistent over the year, that being his propensity for walking batters. Of the batters he faced, nearly 10 percent reached base via the walk. Although there was a glimmer of hope, Lowe has never shown the ability to consistently retire hitters. Because of this, he carries little fantasy value and will likely be used at the back end of the bullpen in 2017.
Coming into this past season, the 32-year-old Lowe looked like a fringe MLB player, consistently holding an ERA near or above 4.00; however, ahead of the trade deadline, Lowe found himself having logged 36 innings for the Mariners and had conceded just four earned runs. While he still held a WHIP of 1.17, his 47:11 K:BB ratio made him one of the top relievers over the first half of the season. Needing bullpen depth, the Blue Jays acquired Lowe at the deadline and his run prevention regressed back to his career averages. In 23 appearances for the Blue Jays, he logged a 3.79 ERA while keeping a 14:1 K:BB ratio in 19 innings, but the biggest issue Lowe faced was giving up the long ball. He's struggled with keeping the ball in the ballpark throughout his career (including 2.6 HR/9 in 2014). Lowe signed a two-year deal with Detroit in the offseason and will work in a setup role in front of new closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Lowe was limited to 36 appearances out of the Texas bullpen due to injury, and the trend of not asking him to do anything important continued (just one hold in 36 games). He's expected to continue down that career "path" if he returns to Texas, but an opportunity for a more prominent role elsewhere could be within reach on the open market.
A poor spring had Lowe in the minors to begin the year, but he resurfaced in early May and was semi-effective out of the Texas bullpen. There's not a whole lot to get excited about, particularly given the depth of the right-handed relief in the Texas bullpen, and was he never really tasked to protect many leads (11 holds in 52 appearances). Although he works mostly with a upper-90s fastball and slider combination, Lowe's name hasn't come up in fallback options for Joe Nathan in the closer role given the Rangers' aforementioned glut of talented young arms from the right side.
A back injury limited Lowe to just 14 appearances in 2010, but he was an effective reliever out of the Seattle bullpen back in 2009 and could play a prominent setup role for Texas this season if Neftali Feliz is moved back into the rotation. With Frank Francisco already in place as the fallback option at closer, Lowe is more of a staff filler for AL-only league rotisserie folks than anything else on draft day.
Lowe struggled a bit at times last year, but he regained his command and control in the second half of the season. After a 28:18 K:BB through his first 37 appearances, Lowe improved to 41:11 in his last 38 games. What's more, his H/9IP rate dropped from 8.8 to 7.1. Lowe, who throws in the mid-90s, appeared in a team-high 75 games (third in the AL) and stranded 69 percent of his inherited runners (75 percent in those last 38 games). He will again be a good source of holds (fourth in the AL last season) and is first in line for saves should David Aardsma lose his grip on the job.
Lowe was inconsistent last season, but he proved he was healthy after missing most of 2007 with an elbow injury. He made 57 appearances, second most on the team, and might have tired down the stretch last season, allowing 14 earned runs in a nine-game late-summer stretch. Still, he stranded 78 percent of his inherited runners, and his 7.77 K/9IP was the second-highest in the bullpen to J.J. Putz. Lowe will return to a set-up role this season, though after the Putz trade, Lowe could vie for the closer's job, along with the likes of Aaron Heilman, Roy Corcoran, and Tyler Walker.
Lowe battled back in late July from an elbow injury that ended his impressive 2006 season, but his return lasted just four appearances before the elbow sidelined him again. If Lowe is healthy entering spring training, he'll compete for a bullpen role. Eventually, he could resume the set-up job he excelled in in 2006, but the Mariners likely would start him off in middle relief. And that's if he's healthy, which is no given.
After beginning the season at high-A Inland Empire, Lowe by July last year pitched his way into a set-up role in Seattle, setting a team record for consecutive shutout innings to start a career with 17.2 scoreless. But his season was cut short with what might be a career-threatening arm injury. What was thought to be elbow tendinitis turned out to be a "bone-on-bone situation" in his elbow. Best-case scenario, Lowe could pitch in late April or early May. A more realistic timeframe, though, is probably closer to midseason.
Lowe, the 5th round selection out of the University of Texas-Arlington, was a sleeper in the 2004 draft. After taking the 2003 season off to work on his mechanics, he returned to college ball in 2004 with greater control, and the Mariners may have struck gold with this pick. It’s unusual to find a college pitcher his stuff and he sports one of the best fastballs in the organization as it’s worked at 95 mph routinely and was clocked at 97 in the late summer. He should begin 2005 at low Single-A but could, and should, rise quickly as a relatively advanced college pitcher who will likely dominate the low minors
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Cut loose by Dodgers
PFree Agent  
March 12, 2018
Lowe was released by the Dodgers on Monday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
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Latches on with Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
January 30, 2018
Lowe signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers which includes an invitation to spring training, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Traded to White Sox
PChicago White Sox  
July 22, 2017
Lowe was traded by the Mariners to the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Set to sign with Mariners
PSeattle Mariners  
March 30, 2017
Lowe is expected to sign a contract with the Mariners on Thursday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
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Released by Tigers
PDetroit Tigers  
March 26, 2017
Lowe was released by the Tigers on Sunday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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