|The Rangers traded 24-year-old righthander Jake Brigham to the Cubs for catcher Geovany Soto at the trade deadline, but Brigham got rocked for nine runs in two starts for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate before succumbing to a strained elbow. To make amends, Texas agreed to a trade do-over, taking back Brigham and compensating the Cubs with righthander Barret Loux and a player to be named.
While Brigham hasn’t had surgery, that’s a possibility. Regardless, the Rangers added him to their 40-man roster, shielding him from selection in the Rule 5 draft, along with lefty reliever Joe Ortiz and middle infielder Leury Garcia.
|Barret Loux, rhp
Age: 23. Born: Apr 6, 1989 in Houston.
Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 215.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Texas A&M.
Career Transactions: Selected by Diamondbacks in first round (sixth overall) of 2010 draft … Granted free agency, Sept. 1, 2010 … Signed by Rangers, Nov. 22, 2010.
Major League Baseball declared Loux a free agent after the Diamondbacks didn’t like what they saw in a post-draft physical and backed out of a deal with their 2010 first-round selection. He eventually signed with the Rangers for $312,000, while Arizona received a compensation pick they turned into righthander Archie Bradley. Loux reached Double-A in 2012 and made all his starts without incident, showing a simple, repeatable delivery and an idea of how to pitch. He works downhill, sits 90-92 mph and commands his fastball to both sides of the plate, though neither his velocity nor his secondary pitches separate him from the pack. His average slider and curveball blend together, but most scouts like his changeup best and think he knows how and when to use it. He profiles as an innings-eating No. 5 type on a good team.
|Jake Brigham, rhp
Age: 24. Born: Feb 10, 1988 in Winter Garden, Fla.
Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 210.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Central Florida Christian Academy, Ocoee, Fla.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rangers in sixth round of 2006 draft; signed June 15, 2006 … On disabled list, April 3-Oct. 20, 2008 … Traded by Rangers to Cubs for C Geovany Soto and cash, July 30, 2012.
For more on Brigham, please see the Soto-for-Brigham trade consummated on July 30.