Athlete of the Week: Rhett Lowder

Rhett Lowder is the Athlete of the Week.

Lowder is a graduate of North Stanly, where he starred for the Comets and was a two-time conference and county pitcher of the year. He went on to lead Wake Forest to the College World Series before being drafted in the first round, No. 7 overall, by the Cincinnati Reds.

As of this week, Lowder is officially a professional baseball player. He made his minor league debut with the High Class-A Dayton Dragons on Friday. Lowder started the game against the Lansing Lugnuts and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Only one ball left the infield while Lowder was on the mound.