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.