April 17th, 2012
Growing up, the Houston native played on tournament teams traveling the country playing ball. Years of hard work paid off when he was drafted in 2007 by the Detroit Tigers. Despite the offer, Loux decided to postpone the professional baseball dream and go pitch for Texas A&M University.
“I wanted the college experience,” Loux said. “At that point and time I didn’t feel like my arm was ready to throw every five days and after having surgery [bone chip removal] I realized that. Having surgery made it able so it’s been a big help.”
Loux’s college experience proved to be what he expected it to be.
“I really liked the atmosphere. If you’ve ever gotten the chance to go, you know what I’m talking about,” Loux said. “It was a lot of fun and it like home. I graduated this fall (with a finance degree) and I had a lot of fun playing baseball.”
The professional baseball dream looked to be in sight following the 2011 Major League Baseball draft where he was picked in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, the Diamondbacks chose not to sign him leaving Loux devastated.
“It started out really fine and then it was kind of hard on me,” Loux said. “You know once I found out that they weren’t going to sign me, it took me a while to get over it. But I finally did realize there were bigger things in life and that I was still very lucky and blessed. It helped me get over it and see things clearly.”
Loux would return to College Station and go back to school that fall. A phone call that September announcing he was a free agent revived his hopes at pursuing a professional baseball career.
“That was a pretty happy day. You know when I heard the news that it was going to happen, it was a relief,” Loux said. “Sitting in limbo is probably the hardest part, not knowing what was going to happen. But as soon as I found out that I was going to keep playing baseball still, that was a big relief.”
After receiving several offers, Loux decided to accept the Rangers.
Loux spent his first season in the Rangers organization playing with High-A Myrtle Beach. He posted a record of eight wins and five losses striking out 127 batters over the course of 109 innings before being promoted to Frisco for the start of the 2012 season. Loux says his trip through the farm system has been more than enjoyable.
“It’s been fun,” he said. “You know you have a lot of talented players around you but that makes you better working with guys that you’re competing with but you’re friends with. You’re rooting for them and they’re rooting for you. It’s a really good atmosphere.”
Written By: Jarah Wright
Photo By: Alex Yocum-Beeman