Mlb Week

August 27, 2006

A scout's take

On Adam Loewen, Orioles' 22-year-old left-handed pitcher

Pitches -- I like his cutting fastball. His curveball is a plus, and coming from that arm angle it's real impressive. He maybe hit 95 [mph] with his fastball, but he consistently hits 92-93. That's plenty good enough if he is commanding it.

Weaknesses -- I'd like to see him improve his changeup. I didn't really see a good changeup. It's something he didn't throw much. He still needs to work on his command. Control is always an issue with him. But [in his win Tuesday] he was locating and getting ahead of hitters.

Overall -- He has all the potential in the world. He has a chance to anchor a staff. He's a 22-year-old plus left-hander with power stuff and a crossfire delivery. There aren't many of them like that out there.

Note -- "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of potential tampering, the scouts are anonymous.

Say what?

"The guy who ran for president, Dukakis, he probably could win some votes for president right now. Three home runs!"

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire talking about Orioles rookie outfielder Nick Markakis, who homered three times against Twins starter Carlos Silva on Tuesday. He became the first Orioles rookie to accomplish the feat.

Numbing number

10

Indians who had extra-base hits in Wednesday's improbable 15-13 comeback win against the Kansas City Royals. All nine starters and pinch hitter Shin Soo Choo had a double or better, the first time that's happened in at least 50 seasons. The Royals became the second team in modern baseball history (after the 1989 Pittsburgh Pirates) to score 10 runs in the first inning and lose.

What's up?

A great week in the Bronx. The New York Yankees host the Detroit Tigers for three starting Tuesday and then they host the Twins on Friday through Sunday. The Boston Red Sox also have a tough stretch, with three games in Oakland, a cross-country flight and then four at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. In the National League, the Cincinnati Reds continue a tough road trip with games at Los Angeles and San Diego.

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