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1.6 Arizona Diamondbacks - Barret Loux, RHP, Texas A&M

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The Diamondbacks have selected Barret Loux. Here's his profile:

 

Barret Loux   Position: RHP   School: Texas A&M   State: TX   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’5’’   Weight: 200

Birth Date: 4/6/89   Seiler Rating: 1C3   Last Drafted: 2007 (DET-24)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

6

2

4.18

16

16

0

90.1

76

46

42

10

35

81

2009

3

3

4.13

12

12

0

48.0

43

31

22

2

21

62

2010

10

2

2.53

15

15

0

96.0

69

36

27

6

32

126


Barret Loux is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from Texas A&M University. Loux came to Texas A&M from Stratford High School in Houston, where he was an excellent prospect. He could have gone in the top seven rounds out of high school if not for a slight shoulder problem during his senior year scaring  a number of teams away. However, the Tigers picked him with their twenty-fourth pick, though they failed to sign him despite a hard push to do so. He became a big part of the Aggies’ pitching staff as a freshman, and he was on a roll for two years before going down late in his sophomore season with bone chips in his elbow, which required minor cleanup surgery. That put him down a little to start the 2010 season, but after a wildly successful junior campaign, he’s put himself on track to become an early pick. He has the solid stuff of a potential number three starter, and there’s still some more left in his body to come. His fastball is an above-average to plus pitch with good deception that sits 91-93, and has touched 96 a few times this spring. He has a big, durable frame, as well, and there’s actually some hope that there may be some velocity left to come. His offspeed pitches are less promising, including a potentially above-average curveball and average changeup, but he pitches off his fastball so much that he doesn’t use them as much as a typical college pitcher, who has to throw softer stuff to succeed against metal bats. He’s snuck up boards all spring to the point that he could sneak into the back part of the first round, though he’s a better fit in the supplemental first or second rounds, where he should sign for about slot money.