When Adam Loewen made his debut in 2006, he made history. It wasn’t about what he did, but more about who he faced. In his first four starts he drew Roy Halladay twice, Tom Glavine, and Randy Johnson. I remember these starts and the excitement about his arrival to the majors since I was living in Baltimore back in 2006. Alas, he is not the same player that he was in 2006, and that is due to his new position. He came up through the Orioles farm system as a starting pitcher, and after the 2008 season, due to injuries he started his transition to become an Outfielder. Loewen then signed with the Blue Jays and during the Minors he put up these numbers as a hitter:
2009: 335 AB, 47 R, 79 H, 22 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, .236 BA, .340 OBP
2010: 459 AB, 70 R, 113 H, 31 2B, 3 3B, 13 HR, .246 BA, .351 OBP
2011: 520 AB, 83 R, 159 H, 46 2B, 4 2B, 17 HR, .306 BA, .377 OBP
His year in the Minors earned him a short stint in the majors:
2011: 32 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, .188 BA, .297 OBP
Despite his struggles in a limited exposure in the majors, he crushed it at AAA last season. I doubt he will make it with the team up north to start the season, since he is also not on the 40 man, but if he does well in spring and starts off well in the minors, then he might work his way onto the Mets depth chart which is crowded with players with similar numbers and similar ceilings.