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Ex-pitcher Adam Loewen makes it back to majors as outfielder

Sep 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EST

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Former Orioles first-round pick Adam Loewen is back in the majors three years and a couple of months after giving up on pitching due to a series of arm problems.  The Blue Jays called him up and will use him as a reserve outfielder for the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old Loewen has been with the Blue Jays since the Orioles released him following the 2008 season.  Baltimore hoped to re-sign him then — he was released because he was on the 40-man roster yet had no hope of contributing in the short term — but he picked a return to his native Canada.  He hit .236/.340/.355 with four homers for Single-A Dunedin in his first full season as an outfielder in 2009, .246/.351/.412 with 13 homers in Double-A in 2010 and .306/.377/.508 with 17 homers in Triple-A this year.

The big caveat there is that his Triple-A home games were in Las Vegas, a fabulous place for hitters.  He hit .328/.414/.559 with 10 homers at home, compared to .284/.339/.458 in the rest of the PCL’s mostly hitter friendly ballparks.  Also, he struck out 136 times in his 520 at-bats.

There is some hope for Loewen, though he doesn’t currently project as a major league regular.  If he takes another step forward next year like he has the past two, he has a chance of making it as a platoon outfielder.  The Jays will give him a few starts down the stretch to see if he’ll be worth keeping on the 40-man this winter.  That he is out of options complicates things; he’ll have to clear waivers if he can’t make the team out of spring training next year.

  1. missthemexpos - Sep 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Good luck to Adam, however the Jays need to look at converting some outfielders into relief pitchers.

    • cur68 - Sep 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      I think the bat boy might make an excellent starting pitcher after this drubbing by the Sox. Still, it was pretty cool to see Dustin McGowan back in the majors, rocking the mutton chops. Now if his teammates can get him some runs, kid’s got a chance to be a great pitcher.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Sep 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    let me guess? another great bluegay prospect right? Where is proudly so he can brag about this sandwich pick, LOL

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