OAKLAND, CALIF. — Left-hander Zac Lowther, the Orioles' 2017 second-round draft pick, earned organizational minor league Pitcher of the Month honors for his standout April, while the team split the position player honors between Triple-A Norfolk catcher Andrew Susac and Delmarva outfielder Zach Jarrett.
Of all the standout performers in the Delmarva rotation this year, Lowther has been the most impressive. The 22-year-old has fanned 39 against three walks with a 0.545 WHIP in 22 innings, posting a 1.23 ERA that ranks fourth in the South Atlantic League. No one in the league has struck out more batters or posted a lower WHIP.
His teammate both this season and last year at Short-A Aberdeen, Jarrett, is similarly among the league leaders in many major categories. His .319/.388/.604 batting line leads the team and his .993 OPS is third best in the league, while only one player has more than his seven home runs. Jarrett, 23, is the son of former NASCAR star Dale Jarrett and was selected in the 28th round of last year's draft out of Charlotte.
Susac, 28, was off to a hot start with the Tides before he landed on the disabled list with an ankle injury on May 2. Susac hit .359/.479/.615 with two home runs and four doubles in 11 games so far this season.