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Billy Rowell | Outfielder

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right

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Billy Rowell has elected free agency.
The 24-year-old former first round pick of the Orioles has been a major disappointment, only playing 41 games above A-ball in his six-year minor league career. He'll attempt to latch on with a new organization. Tue, Nov 6, 2012 11:28:00 AM

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The Orioles will let former first-round pick Billy Rowell walk as a free agent this offseason.

Rowell, the ninth overall pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft, batted just .243/.306/.314 this summer between rookie ball and Double-A. The 24-year-old corner infielder will presumably try to join up with a new organization.
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 11:41:00 AM

Orioles' minor league right-hander Billy Rowell was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

This is the second time he has tested positive for a drug of abuse. Now 23 years old, Rowell is best known as the player who was selected ahead of Tim Lincecum in the 2006 Amateur Draft. He was hoping to make the switch from position player to pitcher this year, but the experiment is now on hold.
Mon, May 14, 2012 04:42:00 PM

Orioles' 2006 first-round pick Bill Rowell will attempt to become a pitcher.

Rowell will always be best known as the player selected one slot ahead of Tim Lincecum. He has struggled mightily with the bat in his six minor league seasons, and will attempt to further his career as a pitcher. He's currently taking part in a throwing program in Florida.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 07:45:00 PM

The Orioles have elected not to add 3B/OF Bill Rowell to their 40-man roster, thus exposing him to the Rule 5 draft.

Given that he's spent each of the last three seasons in High-A and hasn't been terribly productive, it would be shocking if a team thought they might be able to carry him on their major league roster all season. Rowell is best known for being picked one slot ahead of Tim Lincecum in the 2006 draft.
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 09:55:00 PM

2006 first-round pick Billy Rowell went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI for Single-A Frederick on Wednesday.

Rowell, who is repeating the Carolina League after hitting .248/.315/.368 last year, is currently hitting .303/.361/.486 with four homers in 109 at-bats. It's a fine line for a 20-year-old, but Rowell needs to show he can keep it up. A former third baseman, he's currently playing right field regularly.
Mon, May 11, 2009 01:47:00 PM

Billy Rowell returned to Single-A Frederick's lineup on Tuesday and went 2-for-6 in a doubleheader.

Rowell's ankle injury was supposed to be minor, but he ended up missing 18 days after going down on Opening Day.
Wed, Apr 23, 2008 03:47:00 AM

Single-A Frederick's Billy Rowell missed a second game Sunday with a minor ankle injury.

Rowell is expected back any day now. He reportedly was available to pinch-hit on Saturday.
Mon, Apr 7, 2008 03:09:00 AM

Billy Rowell went 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBI Thursday for low Single-A Delmarva.

Rowell has picked it up some recently, though he's still striking out too much. The 2006 first-round pick is batting .279/.346/.421 with 43 strikeouts in 140 at-bats since retuning from a strained oblique in late May. For an 18-year-old in full-season ball, that's still pretty good.
Fri, Jul 6, 2007 02:55:00 PM

Billy Rowell made his season debut on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with two RBI for low Single-A Delmarva.

Rowell, the ninth overall pick in last year's draft, missed the first seven weeks with an oblique strain.
Thu, May 24, 2007 01:33:00 PM

Billy Rowell, who was the Orioles' No. 1 pick in June's draft, is out for at least two weeks because of an oblique injury.

Rowell has started to take batting practice at Single-A, but isn't close to returning.
Fri, Apr 13, 2007 08:35:00 AM

Billy Rowell hit his first homer and doubled Saturday for SS Single-A Aberdeen.

Rowell, the Orioles' first-round pick this year, is 10-for-24 in six games since his promotion from Rookie Bluefield, where he hit .329/.422/.507 in 152 at-bats.
Sun, Sep 3, 2006 12:53:00 PM

2006 first-round pick Billy Rowell went 4-for-4 with a triple Saturday for Rookie Bluefield.

Rowell doesn't turn 18 next month, making what he's doing even more impressive. he's hitting .329/.422/.507 in 152 at-abats.
Sun, Aug 27, 2006 01:41:00 PM

Baltimore came to terms Friday with Bill Rowell, their first-round pick and the No. 9 selection overall in the 2006 baseball amateur draft.

The power hitting shortstop will receive a $2.1 million signing - he's projected to be a third baseman or corner outfielder in the majors eventually though. As a high school senior, Rowell hit .561 with seven home runs, 37 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.
Sat, Jul 1, 2006 08:08:00 AM

The Orioles selected 3B Billy Rowell with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft.

A high school shortstop who will probably move to third base in the pros, Rowell is a left-handed hitter with huge power potential. He should be ready to step in when Melvin Mora's next contract extension expires.
Tue, Jun 6, 2006 01:40:00 PM

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