Pro Baseball: Mark Christopher Lowe, Texas Rangers
Mark Christopher Lowe pitched one inning, allowing one earned run Thursday in the Texas Rangers's 8-3 loss at the Cleveland Indians. Lowe graduated from Fort Bend Baptist Academy High School.
Lowe is a 2001 graduate of Fort Bend Baptist Academy before playing college baseball at the University of Texas-Arlington. He pitched two seasons (2002 and 2004) while missing the 2003 campaign due to injury going a career 2-6 with four saves in 33 games six starts at UTA. Lowe was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft. After going a combined 7-8 with a 5.32 ERA in 40 games 25 of which were starts in 2004 and 2005 during stops as short-season class-A Everett (Northwest League) and single-A Wisconsin (Midwest League) Lowe transitioned to being primarily a reliever during 2006. In 24 games all but two of which were out of the bullpen Lowe went 1-2 with six saves and a 1.96 at advanced class-A Inland Empire (California League) and San Antonio of the double-A Texas League. On July 7 2006 Lowe made his Major League debut jumping from double-A to the big leagues. He went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 outings for the Mariners. After an injury plagued 2007 during which he pitched in just 12.2 innings at four different levels Lowe spent all of 2008 and 2009 with the Mariners. He made 132 appearances over those two years pitching 143.2 innings. He logged a 3.26 ERA with three saves during 2009. Lowe pitched in 11 games during 2010 for the Mariners going 1-3 with a 3.48 ERA before he was traded to Texas as part of the Cliff Lee deal. Again battling injuries Lowe pitched only three innings for Texas the rest of 2010 with no record and a 12.00 ERA. Lowe was born June 7 1983 in Houston.
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