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Diamondbacks castoff Barret Loux now 14-1 in minors

Aug 17, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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If you don’t remember the story of Barret Loux, here it is in a nutshell: Arizona drafted the Texas A&M right-hander sixth overall in 2010 and came to terms with him on a $2 million deal, only to back out of it after his physical showed significant damage in both his elbow and shoulder.

At that point, the Diamondbacks figured it was a much better idea to let him go, and, in so doing, secure the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, rather than sign him at a drastically reduced amount. Loux was made a free agent and signed with the Rangers for $312,000 in Nov. 2010.

The now 23-year-old Loux has managed to avoid arm surgery since, and after winning again last night, he’s 14-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 91/35 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings for Double-A Frisco.

Loux isn’t a top prospect, and the Diamondbacks certainly wouldn’t change the way they handled the situation, given that they ended up with promising right-hander Archie Bradley from the compensation pick. Loux, though, does project as a useful bottom-of-the-rotation guy or middle reliever if he can stay healthy. The Rangers did well to take a chance on him, and it’d be no surprise if they call him up to make his major league debut next month.

  1. rooney24 - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Could he do any worse than Dempster/Oswalt right now?

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      This is the Rangers you’re talking about, every time they bring in a new starter to replace the previous one things have gotten uglier. Or at least it seems that way.

  2. geoknows - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Conventional wisdom is that he’s still a ticking time bomb.

  3. astrosfan75956 - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    AAAA player.

  4. larryfitzgerald4mvp - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    He would’ve been a good player, but AZ knew that the 2011 draft was going to be stacked and they made the right decision. Glad it worked out for both sides.

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