New York Mets: Shawn Bowman

Loewen homers as Canada makes WBC

September, 24, 2012
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Adam Loewen produced a two-run homer in the second inning and finished 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs as Canada reached the World Baseball Classic with an 11-1 win against Germany in the championship game of a qualifier in Regensburg, Germany, on Monday.

Loewen competed with Mike Baxter for a backup outfield spot with the Mets out of spring training and spent the season with Triple-A Buffalo.

Mets farmhand Kai Gronauer started at catcher for Germany and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He hit .182 in qualifying play.

Former Mets farmhands Shawn Bowman and Jon Malo started on the left side of the infield for Canada throughout the tournament. When the WBC takes place during spring training, the Canadian team will have major leaguers available to compete, including potentially Jason Bay.

Spain beat Israel in the final of the other qualifier held this week, in Jupiter, Fla. Two more qualifying tournaments will be held in November, including in Panama, with Ruben Tejada and Manny Acosta due to compete for the host country.

Five Mets farmhands in WBC qualifying

September, 17, 2012
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Adam Loewen, who played first base and outfield for Triple-A Buffalo this season, appeared in the 2006 World Baseball Classic as a pitcher and held the United States scoreless.


The Mets will have five minor leaguers participating in the World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds that take place in Jupiter, Fla., beginning Wednesday and Regensburg, Germany, the following day.

Infielder Josh Satin and right-hander Jeff Kaplan will represent Israel in Florida, at the spring-training complex of the Cardinals and Marlins, on a roster composed nearly entirely of Jewish-American minor leaguers. That pool also includes France, South Africa and Spain.

The Germany pool includes the host country as well as Canada, the Czech Republic and Great Britain. German catcher Kai Gronauer will represent the host country, while British Columbia-born outfielder Adam Loewen represents Canada and South Carolina-born left-hander Hamilton Bennett represents Great Britain. Loewen participated in the original WBC in 2006 as a pitcher, before converting to first base and outfield. In fact, he tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his lone start, against the United States, six years ago.

Former Mets outfielder Shawn Green will play for the Israeli squad. Among former Mets farmhand, Emmanuel Garcia represents France, Shawn Bowman and Jon Malo represent Canada and Mike Cervenak represents the Czech Republic.

The WBC also will hold qualifiers in November. Panama, Brazil, Colombia and Nicaragua will compete in Panama City. Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand will compete in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Mets prospect claimed by Jays

April, 14, 2010
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Third base prospect Shawn Bowman, who had been designated for assignment on the eve of the season with the Mets needing to clear 40-man roster room, has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, sources told ESPNNewYork.

Bowman dealt with severe back issues early in his career, but appeared to put that trouble behind him last season when he hit .294 with nine homers and 44 RBI in 347 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton.

Bowman, 25, is expected to be assigned by Toronto to Triple-A Las Vegas. He originally was selected by the Mets in the 12th round in 2002 out of British Columbia.

Right-hander Clint Everts, who had also been removed from the 40-man roster when Raul Valdes was promoted, cleared waivers and will return to Binghamton.

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