Draft Profile: Joshua Lowe

Draft Profile: Joshua Lowe

With the 2016 Draft fast approaching, we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. 

Name: Joshua Lowe
Position: 3B
School: Pope HS, Ga.
Rank on Draft Top 20017
DOB: 2/2/1998
Bats: L Throws: R
Height: 6'4" Weight: 190 lbs
College commitment: Florida State

Tools
(Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale)
Hit: 
50
Power: 50
Run:  60
Arm: 60
Field: 55
Overall: 55

Stats
Games: 
30
Avg: .400
AB: 80
HR: 9
RBI: 33
SB: 10

Scouting report: The most talented two-way player in the 2016 Draft, Lowe will almost certainly be drafted in the first round as a position player. Nevertheless, there are scouts who think he may be the best high school pitcher to come out of Georgia since Zack Wheeler went sixth overall to the Giants in 2009.

It's hard to ignore what Lowe brings to the table as a position player. He can be streaky at the plate, but his quick, controlled left-handed swing and the leverage in his long frame produce considerable raw power. The Florida State recruit also has plus speed and arm strength, which should translate into solid defense at third base or in center field.

While there's more projection involved when evaluating Lowe as a pitcher, it's easy to dream on an athletic 6-foot-4, 190-pounder with a loose arm and a relatively clean delivery. He works at 91-93 mph and can hit the mid-90s with his fastball, which plays up thanks to its downward plane, run and sink. Lowe's three-quarters breaking ball lacks consistency, but it has the makings of a solid slider, and he has some feel for a sinking changeup that gets too firm at times.

MLB comp: Chipper Jones

Fun fact: Lowe comes from a baseball family. His father, David, was drafted by the Mariners in the fifth round in 1986, but did not sign. Lowe's older brother, Nathaniel, is a junior first baseman at Mississippi State and could be selected on the first day of the Draft.

He said it: "I see myself playing third base just because I've played there for so long that it is so natural to me," Lowe told USA Today. "Honestly, it doesn't really matter to me. Whatever I need to do to help whatever team I am on to win, that's what I am about."

They said it: "He's a 6.5 [seconds] 60-yard guy, and those don't come around often. He tracks balls well . . . glides to the ball and has a cannon for an arm. He's 95 [mph] across the infield now."
-- Pope High School (Ga.) coach Terry Rowland, via Baseball America.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.