The Lakeshore Chinooks have filled their last two roster spots with two pitching prospects. Luke Lowery (Southern Mississippi) and Bryce Beeler (Memphis) will add depth to the Lakeshore bullpen.
Luke Lowery returns for his second season at Lakeshore after posting a 2.95 era in 39.2 innings, mostly in relief for the Chinooks. Luke struck out 29 and walked 17. A native of Sumrall, MS, Luke was named a Louisville Slugger All-American in 2011after helping lead his team to its fourth consecutive state championship and is a key cog in the USM bullpen. This season the red-shirt sophomore has registered a 2.57 ERA in 19 appearances with nine strikeouts and only two walks.
Bryce Beeler is a versatile player from Knoxville, TN where he put up big numbers at Halls High School, setting school records with a .570 batting average and 20 doubles. As a Tiger freshman he started 11 games at second base, as a sophomore started 46 times in right field, while this year he also began pitching out of the Memphis bullpen. In his junior season, Bryce has notched eight saves in relief and will get a chance early to pitch out of the Chinooks pen. He has struck out 31 batters and walked only eight in 25.1 innings and has posted a 2.89 ERA. As a hitter Beeler is batting .253 with seven RBI and four doubles.
The Chinooks are excited to welcome Lowery back and to give the up and coming Beeler a shot to gain more experience as he develops as a reliever.
The Lakeshore Chinooks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.lakeshorechinooks.com.