Barret Christopher Loux
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- School Texas A&M
- High School Stratford High School
Loux (LOUCKS) had a 0.39 ERA as a high school senior after 1.31 as a junior. He was picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round of the 2007 amateur draft but proceeded on to college. As a freshman at Texas A&M, he had a 6-2, 4.18 record with 81 K in 90 1/3 innings and a .227 opponent average. He was honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference. His sophomore season, the big right-hander was 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA. He fanned 62 in 48 innings and allowed a .226 average.
Loux was 11-2 with a 2.60 ERA through June 7, 2010, with 136 K in 104 innings and a .197 opponent average. He was All-Big 12. The Arizona Diamondbacks picked him sixth overall in the 2010 amateur draft; only Jeff Granger had ever gone higher out of Texas A&M. He was the second college pitcher taken, right after Drew Pomeranz. However, the Diamondbacks did not sign him because he failed a physical examination over concerns regarding the health of his shoulder and elbow. Commissioner Bud Selig declared him a free agent, effective September 1st, but ruled that the D-Backs would get a compensation pick in the 2011 amateur draft since they had no way of knowing he was injured prior to drafting Loux.
On November 19th, Loux signed as an amateur free agent with the Texas Rangers for $312,000 - significantly less than he would have received had he passed his physical with the D-Backs. He had few options, as he was now ineligible to play again in the NCAA after having hired an agent following the draft.
He spent 2011 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, going 8-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 21 starts. In 109 innings, he struck out 127 batters.
Primary Source: Texas A&M bio