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Pitcher turned outfielder Adam Loewen signs minor-league deal with Mets

Nov 22, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Adam Loewen’s conversion from pitcher to outfielder went well enough that he made it back to the majors with Toronto as a hitter in September, but the Blue Jays let him go after the season and now the former No. 4 overall pick has signed a minor-league deal with the Mets.

Loewen played well at Triple-A, hitting .306 with 17 homers and an .884 OPS in 134 games, but Las Vegas inflates hitting numbers and his 136 strikeouts in 585 plate appearances aren’t particularly encouraging. He’s also 27 years old, so time is running out for Loewen to stick in the majors as an outfielder.

As a pitcher Loewen ranked 13th on Baseball America‘s annual list of top prospects in 2004, but his days on the mound ended after 164 innings of 5.38 ERA ball for the Orioles. And now he could end up with a bench spot in New York.

  1. cur68 - Nov 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Sorry to see the homegrown beaver lovin’ kid leave the Beaver Men. He was better than I expected at the plate, but not good enough, and bone headed in the field. I hope he can bring both skills sets up to the point that people start saying; “Let’s fire Adam Dunn and give Loewen chance”.

  2. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Age wise, perhaps he’ll have a Chris Coste-like run.

  3. mojosmagic - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    No Madof money, no Mets. Shame, sell you bastards.

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