Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Outfielders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Outfielders. Show all posts

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Adam Loewen bidding for the Mets 5th outfielder spot

Adam Loewen left the black bat tucked in his locker when he exited the clubhouse Saturday morning. It has his name on it, but not his initials. The code on the bat – JC-22M – belongs to another player.

“I think it’s Jose Cruz Jr.’s,” Loewen said. “He doesn’t even play anymore.”

Finding this 34-inch piece of lumber was one of the most difficult elements of his conversion from pitcher to hitter. Loewen made 29 starts during his three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, going 8-8 with a 5.38 ERA.

But now he’s in Mets camp, bidding for the team’s fifth outfielder spot. The Mets are taking a close look. Loewen has played in five of the team’s first seven games and the early returns look good. He is hitting .333 after striking out in his only plate appearance during Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium.

“Just to be here is a blessing and a privilege, so I don’t put a lot of pressure on any one at-bat,” Loewen said. “There’s lots of time to get things done and show what kind of player I am.”

Pitching coach Dan Warthen was asked why so few pitchers try following Loewen’s path, attempting the leap from mound to plate.

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