Several former major-leaguers put their arms display in Peoria, Arizona, on Wednesday with multiple clubs in attendance. Mark Lowe, Kip Wells, and Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched before scouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Lowe, a 29-year-old right-hander, pitched for the Texas Rangers in 2012, posting a 3.43 ERA (4.27 FIP) in 39⅓ innings. Though he lowered his hit and walk totals, Lowe also suffered a drop in strikeouts, perhaps due to the more than 2 mph decline in his fastball velocity.
We learned last night that Wells was drawing interest from the Mariners, and now we can add several more teams to that list. A nine-year major-league veteran, Wells returned to the bigs last year after two-year layoff.
The 35-year-old hooked on with the San Diego Padres and worked out of the starting rotation, working seven games and tossing 37⅓ innings. Though his ERA stood at 4.58, his FIP was an uglier 5.90. His velocity has decreased gradually, and his fastball and sinker now come in around 90 mph.
Rowland-Smith, who has not appeared in the majors since 2010 with the Mariners, spent the 2012 season for the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate. In 30 games for the Iowa Cubs, the Australia native showed diminished command but also a lower hit rate in 77⅔ innings. The left-hander also showed an improved homer rate.