Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Adam Loewen Report

Adam Loewen, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
Drafted 4th Overall, 2002 Draft, Chipola Junior College, FL
Bats L/Throws L
20 YO, 6'6", 220 lbs

In a single season, Loewen suffered the twin fates young pitchers dread. Not only did he lose his command and walk 58 batters in 85 1/3 innings in Delmarva, but late in the season he was diagnosed with a partially torn labrum. It was decided that he wouldn't have surgery, but would instead go through a strict rehab and strength training program. In the meantime, his future is up in the air as labrum tears are the ultimate in bad news.

Last year at about this time, I was decrying Loewen as being the most overrated prospect in the game because of the fact that he had a total of 23 1/3 pro innings under his belt and was somehow regarded as one of the top 15 prospects in the game. That just doesn't compute as far as I'm concerned. Still, it is shame that he had the disastrous year he did. I hope that he doesn't become the next Ryan Anderson, riding the health roller coaster all the way off the 40 man roster and into obscurity. It's not his fault that some prospect mavens get a little more excited about a scouting report than is wise. And I feel a bit remorseful. I was harder on him than he deserved. I wish him the best.

ETA: 2008 at the earliest
2 Stars

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