Here is an interesting story to highlight, one that Cardinals fans might have some empathy for. Adam Loewen is a former top starting pitcher prospect of the Baltimore Orioles.
From 2004-06 he was consistently in the Oriole's top three top prospects, and was a top fifty prospect in baseball with a high ranking of #13 in all of baseball. (thebaseballcube.com) Since the beginning of 2007, Loewen's career has been much more difficult. A stress factor in his pitching forearm sidelined him for much of 2007, and another stress fracture has ended his pitching career.
You'll never guess what he's up to now......that's right, he is trying to reinvent himself as a position player! Apparently he was a pretty good hitter before he became a full time pitcher and wants to see if he can still hit. I say good for him.
So if you are looking for a ballplayer to root for outside of our organization (for now....) and loved the Rick Ankiel story, here is another opportunity to follow a career resurrection attempt. Good luck, Adam, I hope you make the Show! He is currently a free agent and the Toronto Blue Jays are kicking the tires on him.
Just wanted to bring an interesting and under the radar story to everyone's attention. Maybe we should sign him, and see if lightning can strike twice!