NEW YORK - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim chose Columbia senior right-handed pitcher Pat Lowery in the 21st round of the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft on Wednesday afternoon.
Lowery is the second Columbia player to be drafted in as many days, after teammate Dario Pizzano was taken by another organization in the American League West, the Seattle Mariners, in the 15th round on Tuesday evening. Lowery becomes the 16th Columbia player to be drafted since the inception of the amateur draft in 1965.
Columbia also had two players drafted in the 2004 MLB Draft when Fernando Perez went in the seventh round to the Tampa Bay Rays and Jessen Grant was selected in the 43rd round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
A first team All-Ivy League starting pitcher in 2012, Lowery had an outstanding senior season and earned his second All-Ivy first team honor. Lowery was the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore in 2010.
The ace of Columbia's pitching staff, Lowery posted a 3-1 record and a 1.80 earned run average in five starts during Ivy League play. His ERA of 2.35 was the lowest among Ivy League pitchers all season. Lowery totaled 46 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings pitched and struck out 30 batters in 30.0 innings during league play. Opponents batted just .241 against the 6-5 right-hander and hit one home run against him all season.
Lowery pitched for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2011 and was solid on the mound. He posted a 3-2 record in 15 appearances with 29 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched.
During his career at Columbia, Lowery worked to a 3.56 ERA in 40 appearances and 32 starts. He was Columbia's number one pitcher during his last three seasons and totaled 147 strikeouts, which ranks ninth all-time at Columbia.