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White Sox grab prep RHP Lowry in fifth round

The White Sox selected right-handed pitcher Thaddius Lowry out of Spring High School (Texas) in the fifth round (153rd overall pick) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon.

Lowry was viewed primarily as a catcher before his fastball velocity spiked last year. He has touched 96 mph this spring, but more regularly throws around 90 mph. Listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Lowry has excellent size for a right-hander. That and his inexperience on the mound lead scouts to think he will be able to sustain higher velocity down the road as he gets more comfortable as a pitcher.

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Lowry also throws a slider and splitter, but both are still in their nascent stages. He aggressively attacks hitters and is viewed mostly as a thrower, but there are some signs he is beginning to get a better feel for pitching.

Lowry is committed to Texas Tech.

Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for

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