Rangers sign Barret Loux
The Rangers have signed Barret Loux, a pitcher who was the Diamondbacks No. 1 draft pick but then declared a free agent after they couldn’t come to an agreement.
Well, they reached an agreement but then Loux failed his physical. He has both shoulder and elbow issues that are of a concern.
Loux did not sign with Arizona prior to this year’s August 16 deadline, and Commissioner Bud Selig ruled on August 17 that Loux would become a free agent on September 1. Loux has been attending classes at Texas A&M University in pursuit of his degree, and has continued throwing in College Station this fall.
With the signing of Loux, the Rangers now have 5 of the first 49 selections in the 2010 June draft under contract.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Loux was named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Third-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big 12 and was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award after his junior season at Texas A&M. He went 11-2 with a 2.83 ERA (33 ER/105.0 IP) with one shutout and 136 strikeouts in 17 games/16 starts in 2010. Opponents batted .202 (78-387). He ranked 7th in the NCAA with a Big 12-leading 136 strikeouts, the 3rd-highest single-season total ever by an Aggie, and he ranked tied for 2nd in the conference in wins. He recorded 10-or-more strikeouts in 6 different starts, including 10 K’s over 8.0 innings in the club’s NCAA tournament win over Florida International on June 4 at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla.
Loux was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award this year, and was named First Team All-Big 12 by several publications. He was named to the Big 12’s All-Academic squad in both 2009 and 2010. He was originally drafted in 2007 out of Stratford (Texas) High School in the 24th round by the Detroit Tigers.