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.

2 Comments

I hope the Rangers can sign Cliff Lee (not the Yankees). Lee seemed to fit well with Texas. Good luck, next season!

Go Aggies!

Go Rangers!

Go Loux! Get healthy, dude. I’d love to see you in Arlington one day.

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