Athlete of the Week: Rhett Lowder

This week’s Athlete of the Week is former North Stanly High pitcher Rhett Lowder.

Lowder, who helped lead Wake Forest to the College World Series last year, made a successful minor league debut last month after being the seventh overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in last year’s MLB Draft.

After just over a month in the minors, Lowder has already earned a promotion. He went 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 25 innings for the Class A Dayton Dragons, and now he is moving up to Double-A. He made his debut for the Chattanooga Lookouts, striking out five in five innings but taking the loss.

Lowder is the No. 2 prospect in the Reds organization, and has speculated that he may make his big league debut later on this season.