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Noah Lowry

Free Agent — No. --
Starting pitcher
Born: October 10, 1980 (1980-10-10) (age 29)
Ventura, California
Bats: Right Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 5, 2003 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2008)
Win     40-31
Earned run average     4.03
Strikeouts     420

Noah Ryan Lowry (born October 10, 1980, in Ventura, California) is a free agent left-handed starting pitcher formerly of the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball.

With only average velocity on his fastball, Lowry was not widely regarded as a top prospect, and did not make Baseball America's list of the team's ten best prospects in either 2003 or 2004. However, he has found quick success in the Major Leagues, largely thanks to his changeup, which has been ranked among the National League's best. He also throws a curveball and a slider.

Lowry, who bats right-handed, is also known as one of the better hitting pitchers in the National League, with a career batting average of .170. When he was called up in September 2003, he hit a double in his first career at bat. In 2005, he hit .271, drove in seven runs, and had six extra base hits in 59 at bats. He is occasionally used as a pinch hitter when the team is out of position players. He is also occasionally used as a pinch runner.

When Randy Johnson signed with the Giants in 2009, Lowry gave up his #51 so Johnson could maintain his signature number.


College and the MLB Draft

Lowry was first drafted out of high school by the Texas Rangers in the nineteenth round of the 1999 MLB Draft, but instead opted to attend Pepperdine University, where he roomed with Dan Haren. At Pepperdine, Lowry went 14-2 with a 1.71 ERA as a junior. After his college career, he was drafted by the Giants in the first round (thirtieth overall) of the 2001 draft.

Major league career

Lowry in bullpen

Following a September call-up in 2003, Lowry enjoyed a very successful partial rookie year for the Giants in 2004, going 6-0, and finishing with a 3.82 ERA in fourteen starts. He was named the National League's Player of the Week for the week of August 9. With an early victory to start off the 2005 season, Lowry began his career with a 7-0 record, the longest winning streak for any pitcher in San Francisco Giants history (and the second longest in Giants franchise history, behind Hooks Wiltse's 12-0 start in 1904).[1]

In eighteen starts before the 2005 All-Star break, Lowry posted an ERA of 5.07. He had an 8-4 record and a 2.43 ERA after the break. Lowry's best month came in August, when he went 5-0 with a 0.69 ERA, which earned him Pitcher of the Month honors. He finished the season with a 13-13 record, 3.78 ERA, and 172 strikeouts in 204⅔ innings.

Prior to the 2006 season, the Giants signed Lowry to a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year, valued at $9.25 million. At the time, it was the second largest contract for a pitcher with only one full season of big league service. Lowry received a $1 million signing bonus and $385,000 salary for 2006. The contract guarantees him totals of $1.115 million for 2007, $2.25 million for 2008, and $4.5 million for 2009. The contract includes a 2010 option for $6.25 million that will be activated automatically if a certain number of starts, innings and Cy Young Award vote placement is achieved. The 2010 option also includes another $1.5 million in incentives.[2]

Injuries hampered his performance right from the beginning of the 2006 season. In his first start of 2006, Lowry was removed from the game in the second inning due to an oblique strain,[3] forcing him to miss the first month of the season. Lowry also suffered from an elbow injury in September. On an April 19, 2007, telecast, Giants announcers Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper told viewers that Lowry explained his problems in 2006 as being caused by bad habits and bad mechanics that were initially caused by the injuries. Lowry hit his first career home run off of Derek Lowe on July 8, helping his own team's cause in an 11-6 victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Despite a losing season for the Giants in 2007, and a season cut short by a forearm injury, Lowry managed to win a career high 14 games, the most for any pitcher on the Giants staff. He finished the season with a 14-8 record and a 3.92 ERA. On June 8, Lowry played right field in an extra-inning game against the Oakland A's, after backup catcher Eliézer Alfonzo was injured in the tenth inning and no other position players were available off the bench. He became the first pitcher to play in the field since Jason Simontacchi in 2004.

Lowry was slated as the number three starter for the Giants in 2008, but the forearm injury that shut him down in 2007 kept him out of the 2008 season. After having trouble throwing strikes early on in spring training, Lowry was diagnosed with exertional compartment syndrome and had surgery on his left forearm.[4]

In May 2009 Lowry had rib removal surgery to relieve the continued pain in his shoulder and neck associated with his recent diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome. [5] The new diagnosis brings the original diagnosis of exertional compartment syndrome into question along with the necessity of his 2008 surgery.[6]

Lowry was released on October 30, 2009.


2003 22 SF NL 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 6⅓ 1 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 24 0 0.00 0.474 .048
2004 23 SF NL 6 0 16 14 2 1 0 92 91 41 39 10 28 72 0 2 383 0 3.82 1.293 .259
2005 24 SF NL 13 13 33 33 0 0 0 204⅔ 193 92 86 21 76 172 7 2 875 0 3.78 1.314 .249
2006 25 SF NL 7 10 27 27 1 1 0 159⅓ 166 89 84 21 56 84 6 2 689 1 4.74 1.393 .273
2007 26 SF NL 14 8 26 26 1 0 0 156 155 76 68 12 87 87 5 5 693 0 3.92 1.551 .265
Totals: 40 31 106 100 4 2 3 618⅓ 606 298 277 64 249 420 19 11 2,664 1 4.03 1.383 .259
Roll over stat abbreviations for definitions. Stats through 2007 season.[7][8]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andy Pettitte
National League Pitcher of the month
August 2005
Succeeded by
Andy Pettitte

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