The Toronto Blue Jays sign Adam Loewen announce they have signed 1B/OF Adam Loewen to a Minor League contract.
Loewen, a former pitcher, will be making the transformation to position player after suffering recurring stress fractures in his pitching elbow the last two seasons. The 6'5", 235 lb. left-handed hitter is the highest Canadian player drafted, selected by the Baltimore Orioles 4th overall in the 2002 draft. A native of Surrey. British Columbia, the 24-yeard old spent parts of the last three seasons with Baltimore as a pitcher. In 2006, he started for Canada against the United States in the first round of the World Baseball Classic, tossing 3 2/3 shutout innings, and earning the win in an 8-6 victory.