GREENVILLE N.C. – East Carolina junior Luke Lowery was selected in the 14th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday afternoon during the third day of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Lowery, who earned First-Team All-American and AAC All-Tournament Team honors in 2015, was taken with the 406th and is the second Pirate selected in this year’s draft behind Reid Love (10th RD/Baltimore Orioles).
Also selected on day two of the MLB Draft was ECU commitment Isaiah White (Miami Marlins, Round 3, pick 85).
Luke Lowery – 2015 Biographical Sketch
First-Team All-American Conference selection as a designated hitter … Earned American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team honors after batting .313 (5-for-16) with a triple, four RBI and a pair of runs scored … Collected 10 putouts in left field with one assist (vs. Tulane) in the tournament … Led the Pirates in 10 offensive categories including home runs (12), RBI (49), runs (40), multi-RBI games (12), while tying for first in multi-hit games (19) … Tallied four game-winning RBI with one walk-off (vs. Duke 4/22 in 10th inning) … Named Williams Jungle Hitter-of-the-Year … Ranked among the American league leaders (all games) in RBI (third), home runs (fourth), slugging percentage (4th/.553) and total bases (8th/114) … On March 16 earned AAC Player-of-the-Week, Collegiate Baseball National Player-of-the-Week, CollegeSportsMadness National Player-of-the-Week and NCAA.com Player-of-the-Week honors … Also earned AAC Honor Roll accolades on Feb. 22 and Mar. 6 … Three of 12 home runs were against AAC teams (UCF, Houston/twice) … Against instate foe Elon, batted .466 (7-for-15) with four home runs, 12 RBI, seven runs scored and three walks over four games … Also hit home runs against UNC Greensboro (two), Liberty, Albany and Campbell … Tallied a career-best five RBI at Elon (Mar. 15) which included first career grand slam … Posted career-best four-hit game vs. Albany (Feb. 28) and Princeton (Mar. 18) … Had season-high seven-game hit streak from Feb. 21-Mar. 10, which tied his career long from 2014 … Closed out season with multi-hits in three of last four games … Reached base safely in a career-long 18 games (Feb. 13-Mar. 21) … Reached base safely in final 10 games, which was his second-longest streak of the year … Started all 57 games he played (2/1B, 34/LF, 21/DH) … Collected at least one hit in 37 of 57 games (2-hit 14, 3-hit 3, 4-hit 2) … Scored at least one run in 32 games (multiple seven times) with a career-high three against Princeton (Mar. 17) … Crossed home at least one in nine-straight contests (Mar. 10-21) … Reached base safely in 49 of 57 games … Drew a career-best 26 walks including (at least two on four occasions) … Led club with 24 extra-base hits … When hitting in the fourth and fifth spots in the lineup, ECU posted a 34-20 record … Committed two errors in 84 chances for a .976 fielding percentage … Recorded 79 putouts with three outfield assists … Ranked 57th nationally in home runs … First Pirate since 2004 to homer in three-straight at-bats (Feb. 21-22) … Homered in three consecutive games – all at Elon (Mar. 13-15) … Swiped 7 of 9 bases ranking second on the team behind Charlie Yorgen (8), which established a new season-high.
Career Notes: First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection (2015) … AAC All-Tournament selection (2015) … Three-year starter (2013-15) that has played four different positions (DH/1B/LF/C) … Recorded 38 multi-hit and 19 multi-RBI games … Posted eight game-winning RBI (two walk-offs) … Played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League in summer of 2014 … Batted .244 (21-for-86) with five home runs and two doubles for the Whitecaps … Represented the Brewster in the CCBL Home Run Contest finishing second after belting seven homer in the first round … Two-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Spring 2014, Fall 2014).
Career Numbers at ECU: .301 (138-for-458), 137 games (122 starts), 20 HRs, 66 Rs, 82 RBI (8 GW/2 WO), 17 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 38 BBs, 13 HBPs, 11-19 SBs, 41 XBHs.
CAREER HIGHS – at-bats: 7 at Southern Miss-1 (5/10/14); runs: 3 vs. Princeton (3/17/15); hits: 4 (3x – last vs. Princeton 3/18/15); RBI: 5 at Elon (3/15/15); home runs: 2 (2x- last vs. UNC Greensboro 2/21/15); stolen bases: 1 (11x- last vs. DUKE 4/22/15).
David Lucroy goes in the 20th round to the Brewers
East Carolina redshirt junior David Lucroy was selected in the 20th round by the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday afternoon during the third day of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Lucroy, a 2013 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America, was taken with the 601st overall pick and is the third Pirate selected in this year’s draft behind Reid Love (10th RD/Baltimore Orioles) and Luke Lowery (14th RD/Arizona Diamondbacks). With Love’s selection on Tuesday, East Carolina has had at least one player taken in the last 19 MLB Draft’s dating back to 1997.
Also selected in the MLB Draft were a pair of ECU Commitment’s in Isaiah White (Miami Marlins, RD 3, pick 85) and Dwanya Williams-Sutton (Cincinnati Reds, RD 21, pick 775), both from Greenfield High School in Wilson, N.C.
David Lucroy – 2015 Biographical Sketch
Appeared in 16 games making 13 starts … Posted a 3-4 record allowing 26 runs (16 earned) on 55 hits in 66.0 innings … Sported a team second-best 2.18 ERA … Fanned 47 batters while walking 29 … Notched wins against St. John’s (LeClair Classic) and Elon (twice) … Stood 55th nationally in ERA … Struck out a season-high nine batters against Memphis (Mar. 29) … Started the 2015 American Athletic Conference Championship game working four innings where he allowed one run (earned) on four hits with a strikeout and two walks … Worked into the sixth inning on six occasions with a season-best 7.0 innings against St. John’s (Feb. 22) … Allowed two or less earned runs 14 times … Tossed 5.1 total innings of relief (three games) surrendering two runs (one earned) with four walks and four strikeouts … Recorded three quality starts (St. John’s, Elon and Memphis) … Suffered losses against Memphis, Tulane, Connecticut and Liberty … Ranked among the American Athletic Conference leaders (all games) in fewest earned runs (1st/16), fewest hits allowed (1st/55), ERA (second), sac bunts allowed (t4th/10), ground out per game (9th/10.50 pg), and opposing batting average (10th/.233) … Worked into the fifth inning in eight of 13 starts … Allowed four or fewer hits in six of 13 starts … Combined on a pair of shutouts (USF and Elon).
Career Notes: Three-year starter (2013-15) that appeared in 45 games making 39 starts … Named 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America (First-Team) by Collegiate Baseball – 12th Pirate in school history … Earned Second-Team All-Conference USA and All C-USA Freshman Team honors in 2013 … Tossed complete game shutout against Monmouth (2013) fanning a career-best 12 Hawks on his way to earning C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week accolades … Struck out double-digit batters on three occasions (Monmouth/2013, Marshall/2013, FAU/2014) … Spent 2012 summer playing for Morehead City Marlins (Coastal Plain League) posting a 2-1 record with a 2.16 ERA … In 2013, played for the Lakeshore Chinooks (Northwoods League) … Started three games posting a 2-0 ledger with a 3.24 ERA … Drafted in the 29th round (pick 881) by the Milwaukee Brewers out of high school … Brother Jonathan is the starting catcher for the Brewers and was named to the 2013 USA World Baseball Classic and 2014 National League All-Star Rosters … Named to ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in the Fall of 2013.
Career Numbers at ECU: 9-12, 3.01 ERA, 191.1 IP, 45 games (39 starts), 151 Hs, 86 Rs, 64 ERs, 100 BBs, 163 Ks, 1 CGs (1 SHO).
CAREER HIGHS – innings pitched: 9.0 vs. Monmouth (3/10/13); strikeouts: 12 vs. Monmouth (3/10/13); walks: 5 (2x – last at FAU 4/27/14); hits: 7 (4x – last vs. Albany 3/1/15); runs: 5 vs. UCF (5/17/13); earned runs: 4 (5x – last at Connecticut 4/18/15).