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James Loney, lhp

School: Elkins HS. Class: Sr.
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas.
B-T: L-L Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 190 Birthdate: 5/7/84
College Commitment: Baylor.
Scouting Report: Loney made a name for himself by eliminating Houston Bellaire in the state playoffs in both 2000 and 2001, and he has surpassed Wardell Starling, his more heralded teammate. The pair has led Elkins High to a 30-1 record and a No. 1 national ranking in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. Loney also plays first base and has power in his bat, but most teams prefer him as a big, strong lefthander. He gets good arm-side run on an 88-93 mph fastball, and his breaking ball and changeup give him the chance to have three plus pitches. As his velocity increased this spring, Loney's command wasn't as good as usual, and he faltered a little down the stretch, taking Elkins' first loss. Following in the footsteps of former Elkins star Kip Wells (a 1998 White Sox first-round pick), Loney has committed to Baylor. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds and still growing, the Bears see him as the next Jason Jennings (a 1999 Rockies first-round pick) if he comes to school.

2002 Statistics

W

L

ERA

G

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

9

1

1.80

11

0

54

23

28

106

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