KBO’s KT Wiz Sign Josh Lowey

The KT Wiz of South Korea’s KBO signed Josh Lowey about a week ago to a $220,000 contract for the remainder of the 2016 season.  It’s a  major accomplishment for Lowey, who never pitched in the MLB system.

Instead, he started in and worked his way up through the Independent-A Leagues and then moved up to the summer Mexican League, where in 2016, his third season south of the border, he established himself as the Mexican League’s best starter.

In 16 Mexican League starts this year through July 1st, Lowey went 13-3 with a 1.65 ERA and 131 Ks in 103.2 IP, while allowing only 71 hits and 25 walks.  It was the kind of performance that it takes for a player with no MLB experience to jump from the Mexican League to the KBO.

It won’t be easy for Lowey making the jump to the KBO.  It’s a much better league than the Mexican League, and an extreme hitters’ league to boot.

Lowey is a small right-hander who is now 31 years old and whose strike out rate has really only taken off the last two seasons.  He’s pitching really well this season, though, and perhaps he can take the confidence he’s built up down South and establish a successful career for himself in Asia.

If nothing else, he’s going to make some real money playing baseball this year for the first time in his life.  At least he can now tell himself he wasn’t just wasting his time pursuing a professional baseball career against almost insurmountable odds.

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5 Comments on “KBO’s KT Wiz Sign Josh Lowey”

  1. Burly Says:

    Lowey got rocked in his first KBO start, allowing eight runs on six hits in only 1.1 innings pitched. However, he did strike out three. He will obviously need to do better in his next start, or he won’t be long for South Korea.

  2. Burly Says:

    Lowey won his second KBO start, allowing one run, earned, in six innings pitched while striking out five. His first start was so bad, his ERA is still over 12.5, but he’s definitely earned another start.

  3. Burly Says:

    In his third KBO start, Lowey allowed 13 base runners in five innings pitched, but allowed only one run and picked up his second KBO win against one defeat. His ERA is still an ugly 7.94, but he’ll get at least one more start, which is the main thing.

  4. Burly Says:

    Lowey got rocked again in his fourth start, allowing eight runs, six of then earned in four innings pitched. He’s striking people out, but giving up too many hits and walks. At this rate, he won’t last much longer in the KBO, but he could catch on with a CPBL team in Taiwan next season, now that he has an Asian track record.

  5. Burly Says:

    Lowey successfully finished out the 2016 season with the KT Wiz, but it wasn’t pretty. He recorded a 3-6 record with a 6.30 ERA. In 60 IP, he allowed 74 hits, six HRs and 39 BB, but also struck out 68. I would be extremely surprised if the Wiz brought him back in 2017, Taiwan’s CPBL seems like the best option for 2017.

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