Loman, a 6-foot-4 first baseman, is being protected on the Triple-A Charlotte, NC roster after his fourth consecutive season of at least 19 home runs. The string started in the Golden League when the now 25-year-old hit 19 dingers at St. George, UT. He has been in the Chisox system the last three seasons. The lefty hitter swatted 23 homers between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem in '09, another 25 at Winston-Salem one year ago and stepped up to Class AA Birmingham this summer. He hit .277 in 122 games for the Barons, with 24 doubles, 19 homers and 65 runs batted in.
Furnish was signed out of Bridgeport, CT of the Atlantic League this summer, and the southpaw is being given another chance even though he was a combined 0-4, 6.05 in 41.2 innings divided between Winston-Salem and Kannapolis. The 26-year-old out of TCU only issued 10 walks.
Furnish had a 2-1 record and a 2.70 ERA in 15 appearances, including three starts, for Bridgeport. He had been with Gary, IN, then in the Northern League, in 2010.
SEVERAL OFF MAJOR LEAGUE ROSTERS
At least four of the 40 former Independent league players who spent time in the major leagues during the season have lost those jobs in recent days. This will be one story we will develop for this week's Independent Baseball Insider column, which is delivered to subscribers on Thursday.
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