MPA is lucky to have Jack McDowell's help through a partnership we formed with Carolinas Baseball Center (CBC). In addition, Jack's son currently plays at Myers Park Trinity Little League.
McDowell attended Notre Dame High School[in Sherman Oaks, California. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th round of the 1984 MLB Draft but did not sign.
He chose to attend Stanford University, where he was the co-Freshman of the Year in 1985, a 2nd team All-American in 1986 and a 3rd team All-American in 1987. He led the Cardinal to the 1987 College World Series championship.
Chicago White Sox
McDowell was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (fifth pick) of the 1987 amateur draft. After only six games in the minor leagues, he made his Major League debut on September 15, 1987. He pitched seven shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins that day to pick up the win. In four starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
By the early 1990s, he had established himself as one of the most dependable pitchers in the game, pitching effectively and recording over 250 innings each season from 1991 to 1993, he was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game each of those years. He won 20 games in 1992 and 22 in 1993, when he won the American League Cy Young Award and led the White Sox to the postseason (they lost in the 1993 American League Championship Series to the Toronto Blue Jays). From 1988 until 1995, his season ERA was consistently between 3.00 and 4.00, well below the league average. In 1993, he set a modern (post-1950) record by recording a decision in each of his first 27 starts.
New York Yankees
After the 1994 season McDowell was traded to the New York Yankees for minor league pitcher Keith Heberling and outfielder Lyle Mouton.
McDowell spent 1996-1997 with Cleveland Indians.
He signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels in 1998 but was hampered with injuries during his time with the team. He was 5-7 with a 5.68 ERA in 18 starts over two seasons with Anaheim.
In 2014 managed the Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie League affiliate, the Ogden Raptors, in the Pioneer Baseball League. In 2015, he was named manager of the Arizona League Dodgers.