Barret Loux

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Barret Loux
Laredo Lemurs – No. 30
Pitcher
Born: (1989-04-06) April 6, 1989 (age 28)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Barret Christopher Loux (born April 6, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

After Loux attended Stratford High School and Texas A&M University, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Loux with the sixth overall selection in the 2010 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. However, they opted not to sign Loux due to injury concerns with the shoulder and elbow of his pitching arm. Due to his unique situation, MLB declared Loux a free agent, and he signed with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers traded Loux to the Cubs in 2012.

Career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Loux attended Stratford High School in Houston, Texas, where he played for the school's baseball team. While pitching for Stratford, Loux dealt with arm injuries.[1] He discovered stretching exercises that increased his strength and flexibility.[2]

After his senior season at Stratford, he participated in a scouting combine and all-star games sponsored by the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association.[3] Out of high school, the Detroit Tigers selected Loux in the 24th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. While the Tigers made Loux a strong offer, he did not sign,[4] opting to play college baseball for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team in the Big 12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I.[5]

In 2008, as a true freshman, Loux had an 8–2 win–loss record and led Texas A&M in strikeouts with 81.[4] Loux was named a Second Team NCAA Division I Freshman All-American starting pitcher. As a sophomore, Loux pitched to a 3–3 record with 62 strikeouts.[4] He was named a Second Team Academic All-Big 12 pitcher.[6] After the season, Loux had elbow surgery.[2]

In his junior season, Loux routinely started on Friday nights, traditionally the night when a team's ace pitcher appears.[7] He pitched to an 11–2 win–loss record with a 2.83 earned run average (ERA), while leading the Big 12 Conference with 136 strikeouts.[8] He was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for the weeks ending on March 8 and May 17.[9][10] He was named a First Team NCAA Division I All-American by Baseball America, a Third Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, and a Big 12 Conference All-Star starting pitcher.[8][11][12] He was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.[13]

Professional career[edit]

Heading into the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, Loux was seen as a potential late-first round pick.[5] Surprising many, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Loux with the sixth overall selection, agreeing to a pre-draft deal with Loux with a $2 million signing bonus.[14] However, Loux failed his physical with the Diamondbacks due to a torn labrum and elbow damage that doctors felt might require ligament-replacement surgery in the future.[14][15] As a result, the Diamondbacks did not offer Loux a contract, as the franchise chose to take advantage of compensation rules that instead would grant them the seventh overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft if they did not sign Loux.[16]

Though unsigned draft picks typically cannot begin their professional careers until the next season, MLB declared Loux a free agent in an unprecedented move.[17][18] After throwing for scouts,[19] Loux signed a contract with the Texas Rangers, receiving a signing bonus of $312,000.[20] In an attempt to prevent this situation from happening again, the new collective bargaining agreement negotiated that winter by MLB and the MLB Players Association added clauses that included mandatory physicals for all top 200 prospects prior to the draft, and a rule that makes all future draft picks who fail a physical and do not receive an offer of at least 40 percent of the assigned value for that pick are to become free agents, with the team facing a reduction in the amount of money they can spend on their draft picks.[21]

The Rangers assigned Loux to pitch for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League during the 2011 season. With the Pelicans, Loux had an 8–5 win–loss record with a 3.80 earned run average (ERA) in 21 games started.[22] In 2012, with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League, Loux began the season with a 9–0 record and 2.20 earned run average.[22] After finishing the season with a 14-1 record, a 3.47 ERA and 100 strikeouts, Loux was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.[23]

At the 2012 trade deadline, the Rangers acquired Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs for Jake Brigham; however, the Cubs were concerned about Brigham's health and agreed to the trade on the condition that if Brigham was unable to play, the Cubs would send Brigham back to the Rangers and acquire Loux and a player to be named later in his place. After the 2012 season, with Brigham experiencing an elbow injury, Loux was traded to the Cubs.[24]

Loux pitched for the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in 2013.[2] He suffered a shoulder injury and underwent Tommy John surgery, which forced him to miss the 2014 season.[25] He experienced an elbow injury after making three starts for Iowa in 2015. On June 18, 2016 the Laredo Lemurs signed Loux to a contract. [26]

Scouting report[edit]

Loux throws four pitches, of which he considers his fastball to be his best.[27] It can reach 94 miles per hour (151 km/h).[2] He also throws a curveball, a slider, and a changeup.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MOISEKAPENDA BOWER, Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle (April 25, 2008). "College baseball: Stratford products stand tall on mound – Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kepner, Tyler (July 25, 2013). "Taken Before Harvey, Pitcher Faces an Uphill Struggle". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ SAM KHAN JR., Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle (June 19, 2007). "High school baseball all-star festivities begin – Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Q&A With Texas A&M Starting Pitcher Barret Loux". Foxsportssouthwest.com. April 29, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Rodriguez, Juan C. (May 29, 2010). "Texas A&M RHP Barret Loux possible draft target". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Three Aggies Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors". Kbtx.com. May 14, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Loux in charge on Friday nights for A&M | AggieSports.com | Bryan/College Station, TX". AggieSports.com. April 16, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Texas A&M's Loux, Stilson Honored by Baseball America". Kbtx.com. June 17, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "A&M's Loux Named Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week". Kbtx.com. March 8, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Texas A&M's Smith, Loux Earn Big 12 Weekly Awards". Kbtx.com. May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Anthony Andro / Special Contributor (January 25, 2011). "New Ranger Barrett Loux excited at second chance to pitch in big leagues | Dallasnews.com – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News". Dallasnews.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Three Aggies Honored by ABCA". Kbtx.com. June 24, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Loux, Stilson Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists". Kbtx.com. June 1, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Rogers, Kendall (November 19, 2010). "First-rounder Loux agrees to terms with Rangers – MLB – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ Smith, Eric (July 12, 2010). "Arizona Diamondbacks First-Round Draft Pick Barret Loux Fails Physical; Future Uncertain With Team – Phoenix News – Valley Fever". Blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ Passan, Jeff (August 30, 2010). "Loux is a victim of draft compensation rule – MLB – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "D'Backs 1st Round Pick Will Become Free-Agent". Kolotv.com. August 17, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ruling gives Astros another shot at ex-Stratford ace - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. August 17, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ Chuck Crow / The Plain Dealer. "Former high draft pick throws for scouts: Cleveland Indians chatter". cleveland.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  20. ^ Sullivan, T. J. (May 26, 2010). "Rangers sign amateur free-agent righty Loux". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  21. ^ Cooper, J.J.; Callis, Jim (December 20, 2011). "New CBA Will Bring Sweeping Changes To Talent Acquisition". Baseball America. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Pils, Douglas (May 5, 2012). "Loux pitches like high draft pick in Frisco – San Antonio Express-News". Mysanantonio.com. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Cubs trade Jake Brigham back to Rangers for Barret Loux, player to be named | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. November 18, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Rangers Inbox: Who is winning the center-field competition? | texasrangers.com: News". Texas.rangers.mlb.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Iowa pitcher Barret Loux bouncing back from injuries". Des Moines Register. April 19, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Iowa starter Barret Loux leaves game in I-Cubs' win". Des Moines Register. April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  27. ^ a b "Ex-Aggie Loux progressing in Rangers system". Foxsportssouthwest.com. April 20, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 

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