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January 25, 2011

Loux excited about opportunity with Rangers

It will be hard for Rangers fans to root against Barret Loux while he's with the organization.

His tale has been told many times, but here's a quick recap.

The All-America from Texas A&M was a first-round draft pick of Arizona last year, but the Diamondbacks didn't sign him after concerns about his right shoulder. Loux was declared a free agent and eventually signed with the Rangers for $312,000.

The health concerns cost Loux a seven-figure signing bonus, and would have made most college students angry. That's not the case for the Houston native.

"I was driving around one day and I was thinking about it," Loux said. "I thought I'm healthy. My family's healthy. Everyone I know is all right. It's all going to work out. I was disappointed for a while, but I'm happy where I am."

The right-hander hopes it works out with the Rangers. Loux, who was on the Rangers caravan in San Antonio Tuesday, said his right shoulder feels fine and he's been playing long toss. He had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow after his sophomore season at A&M and responded by going 11-2 as a junior.

"My junior year was the best I ever felt," Loux said. "I tore my labrum in high school and started throwing harder than ever after I did it."

Loux, who still lives in College Station, can't wait to get his pro career started. Loux, who is 17 hours shy of a finance degree from A&M, is heading to Surprise Feb. 1 to get some extra work in.

"It's a good fit for me," said Loux, who grew up a fan of Craig Biggio and the Houston Astros. "I know I have to earn whatever I get. Just being able to stay in Texas was pretty huge for me."

- Anthony Andro



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