RiverHawks sign former Royals farmhand
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January 19, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – A former Kansas City farmhand is part of the Rockford RiverHawks’ bullpen mix.

The RiverHawks announced Tuesday that they have signed pitcher Adam Rowe. It’s the fourth straight year in the Northern League for the left-hander, who spent the last three seasons with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

RiverHawks player-coach Rich Austin was Rowe’s teammate with Fargo in 2007.

“I had good reports on him from Richie Austin,” RiverHawks co-owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “He said he was a flexible guy out of the bullpen who can be situational or give you a couple of innings.”

The Royals drafted Rowe out of Mt. Vernon (Ohio) Nazarene University in the 20th round in 2004. He advanced as far as high Class A in affiliated baseball.

Last season with the RedHawks, Rowe was 1-0 with a 5.54 earned-run average and a save in 20 games, all as a reliever. He did not pitch after June 21. In Rowe’s last full season, 2008, he was 2-4 with a 4.22 ERA, 10th-best in the league, and two saves in 32 appearances.

Rowe has a career record of 19-21 with a 4.12 ERA and 15 saves over six professional seasons. Rowe, who turns 28 on Jan. 24, has LS-3 status in the Northern League.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. The RiverHawks’ ninth season begins at 7:05 p.m. May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers at Road Ranger Stadium. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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