05/27/2003 12:32 PM ET
First-round pick Adam Loewen agrees to terms with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with LHP Adam Loewen, their first-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, contingent on his passing a physical examination. Jim Beattie, the Orioles Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, and Mike Flanagan, Vice President for Baseball Operations, said an agreement was reached Monday night shortly before midnight, the deadline for signing players selected in last year's draft.
|Baltimore Orioles Media Relations
Loewen, 19, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, was the fourth overall pick in last year's draft after graduating from Fraser Valley Christian High School. This past year, he attended Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., where he went 6-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 12 games.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Loewen was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team. He was team MVP in 2000 and was named MVP of the Canadian National Games in 2002. He is the highest draft pick in Canadian history.
Loewen agreed to a five-year major league contract. Terms were not disclosed. He is expected to come to Baltimore later this week for his physical exam before reporting to the Orioles minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla.