Lough with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014
Born: January 20, 1986|
|September 1, 2012, for the Kansas City Royals|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||67|
David Dennis Lough (// loh; born January 20, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. While primarily used in left field throughout his career, Lough has shown the versatility to be effective at all outfield positions.
A graduate of Green High School, Lough attended Mercyhurst College and played college baseball and college football for the Mercyhurst Lakers in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. For the baseball team, Lough recorded batting averages of .409 and .404 in his sophomore and junior years. As a wide receiver for the football team, Lough had 16 receptions for 223 yards in his junior year.
Kansas City Royals
Lough was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Lough made his major league debut September 1, 2012 against the Minnesota Twins. On June 11, 2013, Lough hit his first Major League home run off Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer. On June 30, 2013, Lough became only the fifth Royal to get four extra base hits in a game, joining George Brett, Hal McRae, Lonnie Smith and Johnny Damon.
On December 18, 2013, Lough was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia. Lough played a late-inning utility role for the Orioles in 2014. On April 13, 2015, the Orioles activated Lough from the disabled list so he could join the team full-time for the 2015 season. On April 25, 2015, in the tenth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox, Lough hit a two-run walk off home run off of closer Koji Uehara to win the game 5-4. Lough was designated for assignment by the Orioles on August 14, 2015 and called back up in September.
On February 7, 2017, Lough signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers with a spring training invite.
Lough resides in his home town of Green, Ohio.
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