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Today's POTD looks back at the Surrey, B.C. native's best day as a hitter in the majors.
 
Adam Loewen on the Jays right field scoreboard during lineup introductions at the Dome September 11.


Loewen makes his way towards the batter's box.

Loewen looks at Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters before settling in for his at-bat.

Loewen on JaysVision during his first at-bat of the afternoon.

Loewen tries to make contact with an offering from Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter but he strikes out swinging to end the inning.

Loewen breaks out of the box to beat out an infield single to short in his second plate appearance in the fifth inning.

Loewen is able to scramble back to the first base bag in front of the Orioles Mark Reynolds on a Hunter pickoff attempt.  He would eventually be stranded at third base.

Loewen stands in for his third plate appearance against Hunter in the eighth inning.

This time, Loewen gets past third as he is congratulated by third base coach Brian Butterfield thanks to a solo home run to dead center to tie the game at 5-5.

Loewen is greeted by leadoff man Mike McCoy after belting his first major league home run.  McCoy would later double and score the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Josť Bautista to help the Jays knock off the O's 6-5.
Loewen would have another two-hit game as he drove in two runs to help the Jays beat Boston at Fenway Park September 14.  His first major league hit came against the Red Sox seven nights earlier at the Dome as he singled off Daniel Bard to contribute to a Jays come from behind win and the Beantowners September collapse.  The 27 year-old left-handed hitter batted .188/.297/.313 in 37 plate appearances with Toronto with one double, one homer and four runs batted in.  He saw action at all three outfield positions.

Despite Loewen's outright release Thursday, Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos did not completely close the door on the former Orioles hurler.
Now, Adam would be in competition with Eric Thames and Travis Snider in left, which would have been tough. Iíve told Adam there might be a log jam at triple-A, too. We had a very good outfield at (double-A) New Hampshire. This keeps his options open. We have no idea what the roster will look like. He could very well be back with us.Ē
All the best to Adam Loewen as he tries to continue his major league career as a hitter in 2012.
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bpoz - Friday, November 04 2011 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#246382) #
A Loewen got about 550 ABs last year. To continue his development he needs about 400 ABs in 2012 IMO. He has progressed as a hitter quite well IMO, I like his BB numbers. So if he can get those ABs on someones AAA team and avoid being called up to sit on someones bench then 2013 could be when his best ML opportunit is.

Mastro is playing in Venezula this off season. In last years off season, I believe he did the same thing after the AFL. IMO he is wearing himself out which hurts his ML opportunities. A mental & physical break could help and somehow if he can convince someone to give him some IF play then he becomes more versatile.
jgadfly - Friday, November 04 2011 @ 11:02 AM EDT (#246385) #
Well, that's disappointing.  I was hoping to see Loewen replacing Lind and platooning at firstbase/DH with Encarnacion with spot relief in the outfield .  I'm surprised that he wasn't given more ML atbats to see how he adjusted to ML pitching . I thought that he had some quality AB's in September and that his power potential,  speed and athleticism were above replacement level (especially guys like Patterson/Rivera) and that he fit the Jay prototypical mould .  I suppose that Cooper's contact rate is higher and that a strengthening program may bump Cooper's  HR rate to a more acceptable level but I see him as being behind Loewen in all three of the previous categories .  Maybe the Jays have a line on a bonifide firstbaseman , not that Adam Lind was chopped liver, but Lind's level of play in the last half season just didn't measure up to requirements .
92-93 - Friday, November 04 2011 @ 01:21 PM EDT (#246396) #
Adam Lind has hit .283/.342/.527 vs. RHP the last 3 seasons. If you want a 1B platoon, he's your man.
Timbuck2 - Friday, November 04 2011 @ 01:21 PM EDT (#246397) #
As much as I would have loved to see Adam play for the Jays I just don't think that it's going to happen with the waves of good outfield prospects rising through the organization.  If I were him I would definitely explore my options with other teams.

All in all I think this was a pretty classy move by AA and Jays that positively represents his philosophy of dealing fairly with everyone in the organization.

If you do move on Adam then please know that I will treasure the memory of watching you play for the Jays in September.  You and Dustin McGowan made this last season a memorable one by overcoming incredible adversity while chasing your MLB dreams.

Good sir - I salute you and wish you all the best - even if that best comes playing for someone else.  Just don't expect me to cheer for you if we meet you in the postseason in the future :)

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