Pair of prospects to join Desert Dogs
Double-A manager Cathcart to lead Loewen, Emaus in AFL
TORONTO -- As the Phoenix Desert Dogs aim for their sixth consecutive Arizona Fall League title, they'll do it with a couple of Blue Jays prospects on their roster.
Double-A New Hampshire manager Gary Cathcart will be the Phoenix skipper and will have at least one familiar face in his lineup as New Hampshire second baseman Brad Emaus will be on the team.
Adam Loewen is also on the roster, making his return to the AFL -- this time as an outfielder. As a top Orioles pitching prospect in 2005, he led the historically hitter-friendly league with a 1.67 ERA.
The 18th annual Arizona Fall League season begins on Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 19 with the Rising Stars game on Nov. 7 and the Championship game set for Nov. 21. Every game can be followed live on Gameday on MLB.com and MLBFallBall.com.
The Jays will also send a former first-round pick to Arizona in first baseman David Cooper. In a roster quirk, though, Cooper will be on the Mesa Solar Sox taxi squad. He'll be activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The 17th overall pick in 2008, Cooper is batting .256 with eight home runs and 59 RBIs for New Hampshire.
Cooper's fellow Double-A infielder, Emaus, has hit .250 this year, notching 10 home runs and driving in 62.
Loewen struggled on the mound with the Orioles in 2008 and signed with the Blue Jays in the offseason to reinvent himself as a position player. Now a left fielder, Loewen has hit .246 this year for Class A Dunedin, adding four home runs and 31 RBIs.
No pitchers from the Jays' farm system have been named to the team yet, but there are still 10 spots left on the pitching staff.
Erika Gilbert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.