Wichita Wingnuts Alumni Report: Josh Lowey

Wichita Wingnuts Alumni Report: Josh Lowey

Josh Lowey came to Wichita with a reputation as a winner. That reputation had been forged after four seasons in the Frontier League, where he went 29-9 with the Windy City Thunderbolts and the River City Rascals before the Wingnuts acquired him in a trade prior to the 2012 season. So it was hardly a shock when Lowey kept winning while wearing a Wingnuts uniform, spearheading a rotation that helped carry Wichita all the way to the American Association Championship Series. The surprise was how much winning he did.

In his only season in Wichita, Lowey set the American Association record for victories in a single season, going 15-4 with a 3.57 ERA. The righthander was at his best when the games mattered most, tossing seven brilliant shutout innings in the Division Series versus Laredo and then grinding out a no-decision with 5.2 strong innings in the Championship Series against Winnipeg. All told, Lowey had eight starts during the regular season in which he tossed seven or more innings and allowed one or fewer earned runs, including a stretch of five in a row from mid-July into early August.

After the season, the Wingnuts traded Lowey to Somerset of the Atlantic League, where he continued to dominate. The Fort Walton Beach, Florida native led the circuit in 2013 with a 2.89 ERA, going 14-8 over 25 starts for a Somerset club that finished 90-49. Just days before the start of the 2014 season, Lowey’s contract was snapped up by the Mexican League’s Acereros de Monclova, where he made 19 starts and finished 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA. He rejoined Somerset for the stretch run, helping them to the championship series by going 3-0 in five starts.

Those five starts have been the last on American soil for Lowey, who returned to Monclova for the 2015 campaign and was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year after tying for the league lead with 13 victories and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of greater than 3:1. He topped that performance for the Acereros in 2016, going 13-3 with an incredible 1.65 ERA, eye-popping numbers that earned him a shot with the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization. The notoriously offense-heavy KBO proved a less hospitable environment for Lowey, whose ERA swelled to 6.30 in 13 starts.

2017 offered Lowey a chance to return to Monclova, where he promptly bounced back with another spectacular season. In 20 starts totaling 157.0 innings, the former Mercer Bear struck out 146 and notched a 2.69 ERA. In four season with the Acereros, Lowey sports a sterling 41-19 record, piling up 522 strikeouts over 496 innings.