Outfielder Adam Loewen has reached an agreement on a minor league deal that will bring the British Columbia native back to the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Loewen, 28, spent the 2009 through 2011 seasons with Toronto but played for the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets this past season.
Loewen was originally a 1st Round selection (4th overall) in the 2002 Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, but the former pitcher didn’t fare very well on the mound. He worked his way up to Baltimore by the 2006 season and would make 35 appearances (including 29 starts) over the next three seasons, finishing with an 8-8 record and 5.38 ERA over 164.0 career innings. Injury and ineffectiveness prevented him from continuing his pitching career and the Orioles released him after the 2008 season. Loewen signed with Toronto that winter with the intent of re-inventing himself as an outfielder. He made 37 plate appearances for the Blue Jays during the 2011 season, hitting .188/.297/.313, but has otherwise spent his career in the minor leagues.
In 63 games this past season with Triple-A Buffalo, Loewen hit .231/.333/.389 with 8 HR over 255 plate appearances. He did not receive an invitation to Spring Training with the minor league contract he signed and will likely just serve as organizational depth for the Jays.