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Mark Lowe
Birthdate: 6/7/1983 (33 y, 9 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/200     Position: P
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 22, Overall: 153, Team: Seattle Mariners
Contract: $13M / 2 Years (2016 - 2017)
RotoWire News: After a disastrous 2016 campaign, the Tigers are hoping a mechanic adjustment and the time off help Lowe get back on track, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. (2/1/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: The Tigers have had their share of bullpen problems in recent seasons, a trend epitomized by 2016 newcomer Mark Lowe.  The typically reliable Lowe had a season to forget in 2016 with an abysmal 7.11 ERA over 49.1 innings.  The good news for Lowe is that his performance was nowhere near supported by his peripheral statistics.  He struck out close to a batter per inning but was sabotaged by an unsustainable 17.9 percent home run per flyball rate and 61.1 percent strand rate.  His 4.76 xFIP was close to two and a half runs lower than his ERA, and his 2017 ERA can safely be projected even lower than that.  That said, fantasy players have little reason to stick their necks out for the potential Lowe bounce back as he will likely be buried in middle relief with no chance of earning saves, and his 3.8 walks per nine are a worrying sign for a pitcher whose command has been his downfall in his worst seasons.  Take your deep-league sleeper chances on pitchers with better strikeout rates and who are closer to a ninth inning role.  (Scott Spratt)

The Quick Opinion: Mark Lowe will likely bounce back from his abysmal 2016 season that featured a 7.11 ERA, but he does not offer the elite strikeout potential or ratio help to justify drafting him in fantasy given that he has basically no chance to earn saves.

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