“The good news is that we have a player here that, as an amateur, is very much a hitting prospect as well, and he has assured me that he can still hit and wants to hit, so the club is prepared to embark on that path with him. And once this season is over, we will start career No. 2 Adam Loewen, which will be in the outfield somewhere in the Baltimore Orioles’ system, provided we can sort through a number of obstacles and technicalities that we have to agree upon to sort of get this career re-started again in the outfield.
Loewen plans on contacting Rick Ankiel, who went from pitcher to productive outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals. Of course, Ankiel had plenty of chances to bat while also pitching in the National League. Loewen knows he’ll be rusty and this transformation is going to take time.
“They believe that the only reason that my arm feels the way it does is strictly from throwing off the mound at a high intensity. So if I was playing first base or outfield or just having time in between throws, not throwing 90-93 off a mound, then my arm's going to be fine, it's not going to bother me swinging the bat and I won't have to have surgery. If I did choose the other path of pitching, it would be a long road with no clear ending. This is not a simple decision, but it's right there in front of me and it was easy to make for me.
Asked if he’ll be rusty, Loewen said, “Absolutely. It's been six years, probably, five or six years since I've hit competitively in college where I did hit. It's going to take time, it's going to be a real challenge, but Rick Ankiel did it, so at least I have somebody before me that did it that I can relate to.”
Asked if he wished that he could have been a two-way player after being drafted, Loewen said, “In a perfect world, I would have done both, for sure, but I'm 6-6 and I throw left handed, so it was kind of, my path was chosen for me. I didn't have a choice. I probably would have done both, and my second choice would probably have been to hit, so I just love to do both. I'm always going to be a pitcher, there's no doubt about that. I love to do it, I've been doing it ever since I was 9 years old, so it's going to be tough to let it go. But God has a special plan for me and I'm going to be faithful and follow it.”