Andy, now 26 years old, was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins with their 16th round selection in the 2008 MLB Draft out of Purdue University. Loomis has a small build (5'10'' 175 lbs) by today's standards, but uses his great command to be effective. His fastball tops out at 91 mph, but sits in the high 80's consistently and backs that up with a well above average curve ball that has a very sharp break to it. He has some deception to his delivery with a low arm slot, which plays into his favor.
Loomis joined the Orioles organization before the 2012 season and pitched in three different levels for Baltimore. Andy saw action with the high class A Frederick Keys (26 games, 37 2/3 innings pitched), the AA Bowie Baysox (10 games, 16 innings pitched) and the AAA Norfolk Tides (six games, 9 2/3 innings pitched). He had a fantastic 2012 as a whole, finishing the season with a 3.41 ERA over 42 games and 63 1/3 innings pitched, while accruing four saves and 59 strikeouts against just 18 walks, that's just over 3 1/4 strikeouts per walk. He is very dominant against left handed hitters, which is where I believe his future may be in the big leagues, as a lefty specialist none of the 12 left handed hitters he faced while in AA recorded a hit off of him, and he struck out six of those 12.
Andy was also kind enough to sit down with Orioles101 for an interview and respond to a few questions for our readers:
Orioles101: If you can put it into words, how did you feel when the Florida Marlins drafted you in the 2008 draft?
When I first got drafted in 2008 by the Florida Marlins, it was one of the most exciting days of my life. It was a dream come true to finally get a chance to play professional baseball and prove many people wrong because of my size.
Orioles101: Orioles fans are still learning about Andy Loomis, how would you describe your pitching style?
I'd say my pitching style is going in with an attitude and not being scared of who is in the box. Making sure I get the job done anyway I can.
Orioles101: You had quite a 2012, starting in Frederick and getting promoted to Norfolk and finishing the year in Bowie, what do you feel was the biggest factor in your game that enabled you to perform so well?
I'd say the biggest factor in my game that enabled me to perform so well was that I had a great defense behind me. But, also I had my off speed pitches that helped me out tremendously, being able to throw them in difficult situations and having confidence in them at all times.
Orioles101: Your curve ball is downright nasty, was that always one of your best pitches? and who gets the credit for teaching you the pitch?
My slider has always been my #1 pitch since I went to Purdue University. There are 2 people that I could give credit to for helping me succeed with my slider and it would be Tim Byrdak, lefty specialist for the NY Mets and my college pitching coach Jamie Sailors.
Orioles101: What are you focusing on this offseason and what are your goals for 2013?
My main focus this offseason is to build up my arm strength and continue to be able to throw my off speed, especially a change-up. My goals this year are to break with the Triple-A team, but if not to be up there right away and hopefully get a call up to the big leagues and become the new lefty specialist in the bullpen. But I will be taking it one day at a time and see what happens.
Orioles101: Last one for you, who wins this year's Super Bowl?
As much as I wish it was DA BEARS, I am going to say that the 49'ers are going to end up winning it this year!
Orioles101: Once again I just want to thank you for taking the time to do this for us, best of luck in 2013, and we hope to see you at the Yard soon!
Orioles101 would like to thank Andy for taking the time for the interview and responding to a few questions for our readers. He has a great future ahead of him and the stuff to get the job done. I believe that Loomis will begin the year in AAA, and if something were to happen with Troy Patton, we could see him in an Orioles uniform at any time.
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