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Aaron Christopher Loup

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Aaron Loup reached the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.

[edit] Amateur Career

Loup was 6-2 as a college freshman, 7-2 his sophomore year, 10-0 with a 1.02 ERA as a junior and 9-3 as a senior. As a college freshman at Tulane, he was 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 outings, striking out 36 batters in 35 innings. He starred in the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League, going 8-0 with a 0.98 ERA and 63 K in 55 IP. He led the league in wins and ERA and was second in strikeouts. Baseball America named him the league's top prospect. As a college sophomore, Aaron fell to 2-3, 5.66. He had Tulane's worst ERA in 2009, going 2-4 with a 5.93 ERA. He struck out 61 and walked only 9 in 57 2/3 IP.

[edit] Minors

Selected by Toronto in the ninth round of the 2009 amateur draft (the scout was Rob St. Julien), Loup made his pro debut with the GCL Blue Jays that summer. He was 2-1 with 3 saves, a 3.86 ERA and 19 K in 16 1/3 innings. He went 3-2 with two saves and a 4.54 ERA for the Lansing Lugnuts, striking out 73 in 73 1/3 innings but allowing a .283 average. Moving up to the Dunedin Blue Jays, he turned in a 4-3, 4.66 record with five saves in 48 outings in 2011.

After starting 2012 with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (0-3, 3 Sv, 2.78 in 37 G), he was called up to the majors in July when Luis Perez was injured. He made his big league on July 14th, throwing two perfect innings of relief against the Cleveland Indians. Relieving Aaron Laffey in the 6th, he retired Casey Kotchman, Lou Marson, Shin-soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis and José López. Jesse Chavez replaced him. He was charged with a 6-3 loss in his next outing, July 16th against the New York Yankees, when he gave up a pair of runs in a third of an inning; both runs scored on a grand slam by Raul Ibanez off his successor on the mound, Jason Frasor.

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