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6/7/2013 3:58 P.M. ET

White Sox grab prep RHP Lowry in fifth round

The White Sox selected right-handed pitcher Thaddius Lowry out of Spring High School (Texas) in the fifth round (153rd overall pick) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon.

Lowry was viewed primarily as a catcher before his fastball velocity spiked last year. He has touched 96 mph this spring, but more regularly throws around 90 mph. Listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Lowry has excellent size for a right-hander. That and his inexperience on the mound lead scouts to think he will be able to sustain higher velocity down the road as he gets more comfortable as a pitcher.

Lowry also throws a slider and splitter, but both are still in their nascent stages. He aggressively attacks hitters and is viewed mostly as a thrower, but there are some signs he is beginning to get a better feel for pitching.

Lowry is committed to Texas Tech.

Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.