What else does Texas Rangers pitching prospect Barret Loux have to do to get promoted to the next level?
In May, CBS Sports baseball blogger Trent Rosecrans reported Texas is in no rush to promote the 23-year-old stud fireballer to the show. Rosecrans cited a “backlog of talent” on the big-league club’s pitching staff as justification.
But based on Loux’s performance this season, should Nolan Ryan and company at least promote this guy to Triple-A?
Loux is a perfect 11-0 with a 2.81 ERA for the Frisco RoughRiders in the Double-A Texas League. He has 62 strikeouts to 24 walks in 67.1 innings of work.
The 6’5”, 215-lb right-hander is also fresh off a two-hit, five-inning performance against the San Antonio Missions on June 7th.
So why not build on momentum by promoting Loux to Round Rock?
Is it because Texas wants to bring Loux along slowly because of concerns about his arm?
In August 2010, according to Brent Zwerneman, Arizona declined signing this Texas A&M standout due to injury concerns. Because of “fraying in Loux('s) labrum,” Zwerneman wrote, Arizona said Loux had “little mileage” on his arm.
Perhaps this may answer why Loux is averaging just 5.6 innings per start this season.
Is Texas not promoting Loux because the team has more pitching in-house than it can shake a stick at?This is a valid argument, as is the Rangers keeping Loux's innings down because he could be a valuable piece of trade bait going forward.
But looking at Loux's performance this season, his dominance is indisputable.
If Loux struggles, the Rangers front office can always send him back to Double-A to work out the kinks.
But to not promote this deserving pitcher to the next level seems unwarranted, all things considered.