Andy Loomis, left-handed pitcher

Who is he?

A left-handed pitcher whom apparently no one believes in. He was drafted by the Marlins in 2008, and spent 2009 and 2010 pitching middle relief, not especially well. He was essentially given to the Phillies in 2011, and he pitched very well for the Phillies’ High-A team. The Orioles selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, and he pitched at Frederick, Bowie, and Norfolk. He’ll be 27 for the 2013 season.

He’s never been used as a starter or as a closer, and he doesn’t appear to have been trained as a left-handed specialist. He’s one of the rare players who strikes out a lot of batter and also gives up a lot of hits, although he doesn’t give up home runs. Right now, he’s an organization player / non-prospect. He doesn’t appear to be eligible for minor-league free agency, so he’s probably on an Orioles’ minor-league roster.

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