In an article from Baseball America on May 25th, much was made of Lowe's familial ties to the sport. His father, David, was drafted (but did not sign) in the fifth round by the Mariners in 1986, and his brother Nathaniel is a fellow top-draft-prospect who is a Junior at Mississippi State. His mother, Wendy, ran track and played basketball in High School, so the sports pedigree is deep in the family.
Also pointed out in the article are Josh's gaudy numbers as a senior at Pope High in Marietta, Georgia. Entering the State 6A Semifinals, Pope was hitting .407 with eleven home runs, thirty eight runs batted in, a ridiculous .605 on-base percentage, and had posted a 1.71 ERA with six saves to boot.
He's been clocked at 6.57 in the 60 yard dash, which is certainly moving very well, and features a fastball when on the mound which touches the mid-90s as a high school senior. He's also touched 95 miles per hour on throws across the diamond from third base. He is widely considered capable of playing just about any position on the field as a professional, but Lowe himself has a stated preference to be drafted as a hitter.
Projected Draft Round
Will he sign?
Slow-Mo (200 FPS) Pitching Mechanics:
"As a pitcher Lowe features a fastball in the 90-94 MPH range, a promising slider, and premium athleticism and projectability. He would be a candidate for an early draft slot as a pitcher, perhaps as high as the late first round.
Lowe, however, prefers to
playevery day and he's done enough over the last year to convince most teams to let him do that. At his best, the ball jumps off his bat with strongpower to the right side, rated as plus/plus power by some sources, standing out as the main positive. He can be somewhat inconsistent as a hitter but once he becomes full-time in pro ball he should be able to smooth that out. Lowe runs well for a bigger guy and is a fine athlete; he obviously has a strong arm, too, and projects well at third base or any of the outfield spots."