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Adam Loewen is a pitcher again

Aug 22, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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Adam Loewen has had a weird career. He was a pitcher with the Orioles from 2006 through 2008. That didn’t go so great, and his pitching career effectively ended when he suffered some injuries. When the Blue Jays signed him following his release from the O’s, he became an outfielder. And he even made it up to the majors in 2011 as an outfielder. Not many guys can pull that off.

Of course, Loewen didn’t pull it off for long. Since those 14 games in the bigs with the Jays in 2011, he’s been banging around the minors and not really distinguishing himself. So now he’s changing back: he’s pitching for the Phillies Double-A affiliate, as a pitcher.

He’s apparently hitting 92 on the gun and his arm issues from six years ago are in the rear view mirror. He’s 2-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 14 starts for Reading this season, but he’s pitched better in recent outings.

Third time the charm?

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I admire his tenacity and hope that he is successful as a pitcher with the Phillies.

  2. bowltr - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Saw him pitch a month ago on Portland. Not impressed.

  3. moogro - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    People always assume that this just shows how much desire he has to reach the bigs. Maybe he just loves the smell of the locker room, riding the bus and playing baseball.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      He obviously loves the game.

  4. steve7921 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    If he pitches in the majors, will HBT reports this a “position player pitching alert”??

  5. Detroit Michael - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    He’s now age 30. It’s a long shot for him to reach the majors again, but not ridiculously so.

  6. genericcommenter - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Obviously he just wants to reset the clock on his HOF eligibility.

  7. seeinred87 - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Doing pitcher-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel one better by becoming a pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned-pitcher

  8. otistaylor89 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    He’s a lefty so anything is possible..
    As anyone done what he’s trying to do?

  9. randomdigits - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    His fractured his elbow TWICE. I can’t help but think it will happen again.

    Have to admire his determination.

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