- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 1, 2003

BALTIMORE — Adam Loewen made his Baltimore debut yesterday. Sort of.

Loewen, the Orioles’ top pick and fourth overall in the 2002 draft, agreed to terms late Monday night just before he would have become eligible for this year’s draft. The 19-year-old native of Surrey, British Columbia, who was taken earlier than any other Canadian in draft history, was in town for his physical and first look at the organization and Camden Yards.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound left-hander is expected to sign a five-year, $4million contract early this week as soon as all the language is agreed upon. He figures to begin his pro career at Class A Aberdeen.

Loewen likely won’t be back in Baltimore for a while, but he impressed manager Mike Hargrove and vice president for baseball operations Mike Flanagan with his pitches and his poise.

“Adam is very polished for someone who just turned 19 last month,” said Flanagan, who made his Orioles debut at 23 and is the third-winningest lefty in club history. “You could see that today when he threw in the bullpen. A lot of young kids would feel like they have to impress everybody. But he was very professional.”

Flanagan said that Loewen’s command of fastball, curve and straight change at an early age reminds him of Oakland Athletics star Mark Mulder or former Angels fireballer Frank Tanana.

Hargrove raved about Loewen’s arm and delivery, saying, “He looks like he has a lot of talent. The ball jumps out of his hand.”

Loewen, who was 6-1 with a 2.37 ERA this year at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, is confident he’ll soon be a Camden Yards regular.

“I want to be here in two or three years,” he said. “I think that’s pretty realistic.”

Driskill to go down

Orioles right-hander Travis Driskill, who was recalled from Class AAA Ottawa on May4 to replace the injured Rodrigo Lopez, expects to go back down when Lopez returns from his strained oblique muscle possibly as soon as next week.

“I believe that a guy shouldn’t lose his job because of injury,” said Driskill, who has been pitching better than 2002 surprise Lopez was before getting hurt. “He should go back right into the role that he was in.”

That would be back into the rotation with Sidney Ponson, Jason Johnson, Omar Daal and either Pat Hentgen or Rick Helling. With Rick Bauer, Buddy Groom, Jorge Julio, Kerry Ligtenberg, Willis Roberts and B.J. Ryan in the bullpen, swingman Driskill could be the odd man out despite allowing just two earned runs over 10⅔ innings during his last four appearances. Lopez was 0-3 with a 7.36 earned-run average in six starts before being hurt.

Still, Hargrove praised Driskill, who lost 15 pounds during the offseason and gained an extra couple of miles on his fastball to complement his stellar control.

Cordova begins throwing

Orioles outfielder Marty Cordova, who went on the 60-day disabled list on April23 with bone chips in his right elbow, has begun throwing. Cordova isn’t eligible to be activated until June22.

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