I think it's safe to say this is the first pick we don't like. Texas A&M righthander Barret Loux goes to the Diamondbacks at No. 6 overall, and that's a reach. Loux has reached 96 mph and turned down six figures out of high school from the Tigers, who made a late run at him. But at Texas A&M, Loux has had bone chips in his elbow and has failed to develop his secondary pitchers. He has an excellent fastball, though, pitching off the fastball and usually dominating off it, ranking fourth in the nation in strikeouts.
But Loux's secondary stuff is light for the sixth overall pick. He was not considered a consensus first-rounder, and his selection is a mild surprise, though Jim Callis said he'd heard Loux rumblings the last few days. The Diamondbacks have gone conservative in recent drafts for the most part and did it again in 2010.
The Diamondbacks already have commented in a release. “We’ve scouted Barret since high school and have seen him grow as a pitcher and as a person at Texas A&M, where he was the team’s Friday night starting pitcher this season,” said D-backs’ scouting director Tom Allison. “He had a successful season this year and is now in the midst of leading his team in a must-win game against the University of Miami tonight to advance to the NCAA Super Regional against Florida this weekend. We believe Barret has all of the physical and mental ingredients to be a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues and look forward to him joining the D-backs soon.”
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