Adam Alexander Loewen... Single... Was only the 4th Canadian ever taken in the 1st round of the draft and the highest selection (4th overall) since Canadians were made eligible for the Major League Draft in 1985... Graduated from Fraser Valley Christian High School, which did not have a baseball team... Played for Team Canada's national junior team for three years and he was ranked the No. 4 high school prospect in the draft by Baseball America... With Team Canada in 2000, beat eventual World Junior League champion Korea and was named Team Canada MVP despite being the youngest member of the team... In 2001, he tossed a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates' Dominican Summer League team, striking out 16, and overall allowed only three hits with 33 strikeouts in 16.0 innings for Team Canada... Led Surrey to the Little League World Series at Williamsport in 1996... Had signed a letter of intent to play for Arizona State University before being drafted... Attended Chipola Junior College in Marianna, FL, where he went 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 12 pitching appearances... Also played first base when not pitching and batted .353 with a home run and 38 RBI in 45 games.
Saw major league action for a 2nd straight season in lone stint with the D-backs from 7/30-8/14, posting 15.00 ERA (10 ER/6.0 IP) and 2.167 WHIP in 8 relief outings…allowed runs in just 2 of 8 outings, but permitted 5 R-ER in each of those games (8/6 vs. MIL and 8/14 at BOS)…only XBH allowed was a 3-R HR to Mookie Betts in that outing at Fenway Park, his most recent ML appearance…lone decision was relief win on 8/5 vs. MIL, scoreless 11th inning ahead of ARI's walkoff victory…allowed one of 2 inherited runners to score, finished 3 games, and did not have a save chance…designated for assignment on 8/15 and outrighted to Reno (AAA) on 8/18… spent rest of year with Aces, posting 3.91 ERA and 1.587 WHIP in 40 G/1 GS…no HR allowed in 46.0 IP and averaged 10.6 SO/9 (54 SO)…on 7-day DL, 6/5-14 with blister on left thumb.
Spent the season with Buffalo of the International League (AAA) in the Mets system...Appeared in just 59 games, however posted 10 doubles and eight home runs...Played 12 games before being sidelined with a stress fracture of the second metatarsal in his right foot... Hit .270 with three
home runs in his first 12 games and .218 with five home runs in 47 games after returning from injury...Marked his fourth season as a position player.
Returned to the major leagues for the first time since July 6, 2008 and his first time as a position player...His contract was selected by Toronto on September 7...Started in rightfield that night vs. Boston...Went 1-3 with a single against Daniel Bard...Started 10 games: three in centerfield, three in rightfield, three as the designated hitter and one in leftfield...Hit his first major league home run, a solo shot, on September 11 vs. Baltimore (off Tommy Hunter)...Finished 2-3 in the game...Went 2-4 and knocked in two runs on September 14 at Boston...Spent the majority of the year with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League...Was sixth in all of the minor leagues in doubles...Ranked second in the PCL to teammate David Cooper in that category...Appeared in games at first base, leftfield, centerfield, rightfield and designated hitter for Las Vegas...Hit .303 vs. lefthanded pitching and .307 vs. righthanded pitching with Las Vegas...At Triple-A, he recorded two, four-hit games, May 23 at Iowa and May 28 vs. Tacoma...Also had 29 games with two hits and 14 games with three hits...Put together an 11-game hitting streak from June 14-June 24...Batted .370 (17-46) during that span...Also hit safely in 10 straight games from June 1-June 11.
Played the entire year with New Hampshire (AA) of the Eastern League...It was his second full season as a position player...Went 5-5 at Erie on June 12...Had four hits at Reading on June 2...Also had 26 games with two hits and four games with three hits...Compiled a .303 (30-99) average in 29 games in May...Had two, two home run games: May 4 vs. New Britain and June 2 at Reading.
Played the full season at Dunedin (A) in the Florida State League, in his first year as a position player...Appeared in 103 games for Dunedin, including 80 in the outfield and five at first base... Overall batted .236 with 29 extra
base hits, including 50 walks... STARTING TO FIGURE THIS OUT: In his first two months as a hitter batted .192, however
from June thru the end of the season posted a .254 average with 21 of his 29 extra base hits... His 50 walks led the club
and his .340 OBP was 2nd... SOLID IN THE FIELD: Commited only four errors, with just three coming in the outfield for a
.977 fielding percentage...STREAKING: Had seperate hitting streaks of seven and eight games, collecting only one hit
in all 15 contests.
Started four games for the O's and appeared in three other contests before suffering a season ending re-injury of a stress fracture in his left elbow that he suffered in 2007... Was placed on the disabled list on Apr. 25 with left elbow soreness after his fourth & final start...Activated from the disabled list on June 30 & joined the Orioles bullpen before being
shut down & placed on the disabled list again on July 8 with a re-injury of the stress fracture that sidelined him in 2007...
Was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 5... Was given his unconditional release by the Orioles on Oct. 20, 2008... In an
attempt to revive his Baseball career, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on Oct. 24, 2008 & will be making the transformation
to position player after suffering recurring stress fractures in his pitching elbow the last two seasons.
Made 6 starts in his 2nd season with the O's but did not pitch after May 1 due to an elbow injury.
wWent 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA (22.0IP, 14H, 4ER) in 6 starts in spring training...Led all American League pitchers in wins during the Grapefruit League season and finished 2nd in ERA...Allowed 2 runs or less in 4 of his 6 regular season starts but lasted 6.0 innings in only one...Held opponents to a .220 batting average...Made his first start of the year on April 6 at New York and earned the Orioles' first victory of the season...
Is 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA (29.0IP, 9ER) in five career games against the Yankees...Did not get a decision on April 11 vs. Detroit despite pitching 5.0 shutout innings, and April 26 vs.
Boston, despite leaving the game after 6.0 innings with a 2-1 lead...Left his May 1 start at Detroit after 5.0 innings and was placed on the disabled list on May 4, retro to
May 2, with a stress fracture in his left elbow...Underwent surgery to have a screw inserted into the elbow on June 14...Is expected to be ready in time
for spring training in February 2008.
Spent the 2nd half of the season in the Orioles starting rotation after beginning the season at AA
Bowie...Was with the Orioles twice during the year, recalled for good after the All-Star break...Went 6-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 19 starts overall, including 6-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 14 starts after his 2nd
recall on July 14...Had no record and a 10.38 ERA in 3 relief outings (8.2IP, 11H, 10R/ER) during the
season...Combined to go 6-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 12 games, including 11 starts, between Bowie and AAA
Ottawa...Struck out 76 batters in 71.0 IP and allowed opponents to hit just .220...Allowed at least 4 runs in each of his first 4 major league starts, then yielded 3 runs or fewer in 10 of
his last 15 starts...Averaged 6.6 walks per 9 IP in his first 9 big league appearances, then allowed only 33 walks over his
last 13 starts (3.3BB/9IP) beginning July 26...Began the season at Bowie, making 8 starts and one relief appearance...Allowed 2 earned runs or less
in 7 of his 9 outings for the Baysox, including 4 games in which he did not allow a run...Gave up a combined 11 runs in 8.1 innings pitched in consecutive starts, April 12-17...Was recalled from Bowie on May 23 and made his major league debut that night at Seattle...Retired
one of 4 batters, allowing one run, a hit, a walk and a hit batter...Made one more relief outing before getting his first big league start on June 3 vs. New York, allowing 4
runs in 5.0 innings with a no-decision...Made 5 starts from June 3 through June 24, going 0-2 with a 6.66
ERA (25.2IP, 19ER)...Walked 21 and struck out 25 batters in 30.1 innings in 7 games before being optioned to Ottawa on
June 25 when the Orioles signed free agent pitcher Russ Ortiz...Made 3 starts for the Lynx, pitching at least 7.0 innings in each outing, all on the road...Pitched 7.0 innings and did not allow a run in each of his first two starts for Ottawa before giving up 3
runs in 7.1 innings in his last outing on July 9 at Norfolk...Struck out 10 batters on July 4 at Richmond
but did not get a decision...Was recalled from Ottawa on July 14...Allowed 2 runs on only one hit but walked 6 in his first start on
July 17 vs. Oakland...Did not get a decision in the Orioles' 5-3 win...Allowed 5 runs in his next appearance, a 4-inning relief outing on July 21 at Tampa Bay...Entered in the
first inning after starter Russ Ortiz failed to retire the first 6 batters and pitched 3.0 scoreless innings
before yielding 5 runs in the 4th, including a grand slam by Jorge Cantu...Did not allow another home run until Cantu homered off him again in the 2nd inning of his start at Tampa
Bay on September 19, a string of 216 batters in between...It was the longest homerless streak by a major
league pitcher at the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau...Following his relief outing on July 21, returned to the starting rotation for the remainder of the season,
winning 6 of his last 13 starts...The Orioles were 8-5 in his starts over that stretch...Won his first major league game on July 26 at Kansas City, allowing one run in 5.0 IP in the Orioles'
4-3 victory...Became the last of 4 Orioles pitchers to win their first major league game during the season, joining Tim
Byrdak (April 14), Kurt Birkins (May 28) and Sendy Rleal (May 31)...Allowed one hit in an outing for the 2nd time on August 5 vs. New York, going 6.1 shutout innings and
teaming with Todd Williams and LaTroy Hawkins to one-hit the Yankees, 5-0...After allowing 6 runs in 2.1 innings and losing at Boston, 9-2, on August 11 in his shortest career outing,
came back to beat New York at Yankee Stadium on August 16, pitching into the 6th inning in a 3-2 win...Worked a career-high 8.0 innings, allowing one run in a 6-3 win on August 22 vs. Minnesota...Allowed
4 hits and no walks while striking out 7...Struck out a career-high 8 batters twice, August 5 vs. New York and September 24 at Minnesota...Made 4 starts against the Yankees, going 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA...Went 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 8 starts
vs. eventual AL playoff teams (New York, Minnesota and Oakland)...Pitched for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and earned the win over the United States on March
8, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings.
Did not win his first game until May 30 but overcame slow start to post 10 wins for Class A
Frederick...Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 12 of his 27 starts, including 7 of his last 11 outings...Was 2nd on Frederick and tied for 4th in Carolina League with 146 strikeouts...Led Orioles farmhands and the
Carolina League and was 2nd among all minor leaguers with 86 walks allowed...Also topped the Orioles
organization and the CL with 15 wild pitches...Walked 46 batters and averaged 6.82 BB/9 IP in his first
12 starts through 6/4...Walked 39 batters (4.37 BB/9IP) in his last 15 starts...Was 2-6 with a 4.97 ERA in
16 starts through June (79.2IP, 44ER)...Went 8-2 with a 3.03 ERA (62.1IP, 21ER) in his last 11
starts...Was winless through his first 10 starts, going 0-2 despite a 3.08 ERA...Beat Salem for his first
win on 5/30, hurling 7.0 shutout innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts...Won his 2nd game with 6.1
shutout innings on 6/11 vs. Potomac, lowering his ERA to 2.63...Allowed 24 earned runs (9, 7 and 8) over
his next 3 starts (12.2IP), when his ERA rose to 4.97 ERA at the end of June...Went 1-4 with a 10.57
ERA in June...Allowed 27 earned runs in the month and only 38 the rest of the season...Allowed only
one earned run over his next 4 starts, going 3-0...In 8 starts, 7/2 through 8/14, he went 6-1 with a 1.68
ERA...Made 2 starts in the Carolina League playoffs, going 0-1 and allowing 5 earned runs in 10.0
IP...Allowed 2 runs in 6.0 IP but did not get a decision in the semifinal opener vs. Lynchburg, then took a
3-0 loss in his lone start in the championship series at Kinston on 9/12...Following the season, pitched
for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League...Went 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 7 games...Began the fall with 3 scoreless
outings (12.0IP) and had an 0.82 ERA through 5 starts before allowing 3 runs in his final start, the
only game in which he allowed more than one earned run.
Spent most of the season at Class A Delmarva before being promoted to Class A Frederick in late
August...Combined to go 4-7 with a 4.34 ERA in 22 games and held batters to a .251 average (84-335)
between the 2 teams...Went 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his first 6 starts through May 8...Twice pitched 6.0 shutout innings, April 27 at Rome and May 8 at Kannapolis.
Left his next start on May 13 vs. Charleston-SC after 3.0 innings with a muscle strain in his left rib
cage...Was sidelined for 4 weeks.
Returned on June 10, making his only pro relief appearance...Followed that by working only 8.2 innings
over his next 3 starts, allowing 12 hits and 12 runs (9 earned).
In 3 starts, July 3-14, allowed only 2 runs over 9.2 innings, then yielded a career-high 8 runs in 3.2
innings on July 19 vs. Hagerstown.
Over his last 5 starts, July 24-August 16, pitched to a 1.86 ERA (29.0IP, 6ER)...Capped that stretch with
complete game win on August 16 at Greensboro, allowing one run on 3 hits.
Was promoted to Frederick and made 2 starts, both against Myrtle Beach...Lost a 1-0, 5-inning, rainshortened
complete game on August 22 at Myrtle Beach, allowing only 2 hits but walking 6.
Went to Orioles' Fall Instructional League camp but was diagnosed with a slightly torn left
labrum...Rehabbed through the fall and did not require surgery.
Made his pro debut with Class A Aberdeen of the short-season New York-Penn League...Orioles No. 1 pick in 2002 draft agreed to terms on May 27, 2003, shortly before the midnight deadline
to sign players selected in the previous year's draft...Was signed to a 5-year major league contract...Following the season was rated by Baseball America
as the Orioles' No. 1 prospect...Made his pro debut with the IronBirds on June 29 vs. Staten Island...Hit the first batter he faced, then
retired the next 6 batters, 5 by strikeout, while being limited to 2.0 innings...Allowed no more than 2 runs in any start...Did not allow more than one run in his first 5 outings and
allowed 2 runs or less in his first 7 starts...Took the loss on July 12 vs. Oneonta despite not allowing a hit and walking only one batter in 1.2 IP...Fanned a season-high 7 batters in 4.0 IP vs. New Jersey on July 22...Struck out 6 in 4.0 scoreless
innings in his previous start on July 17 at Hudson Valley...Pitched a season-high 5.0 innings on July 27 at New Jersey, but did not receive a decision...Allowed a
season-high 4 hits and 2 runs...Allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a season-high 3 walks over 3.2 IP in his final start on August 8 vs. New
Jersey...Charged with his 2nd loss...Opponents batted .167 off him (13-78)...Allowed fewer hits and walks (22) than innings pitched (23.1).