Loup No Longer Overlooked In Toronto
TORONTO—Aaron Loup says he is accustomed to not getting attention.
"In my whole life growing up . . . I was always the little kid, always kind of overlooked, I guess you could say," the lefthanded reliever said at Rogers Centre, where quietly and he is making a name for himself.
The 24-year-old made the jump from Double-A New Hampshire to Toronto with ease after being called up to replace injured lefthander Luis Perez. In his big league debut on July 14, Loup pitched two perfect innings.
After 29 games in the majors, the 2009 ninth-round pick from Tulane was 0-2, 2.89. In 28 innings, he had allowed 23 hits and two walks while striking out 20. At New Hampshire he was 0-3, 2.78, with three saves in 37 appearances. Although there was little hype about him, he was being noticed.
"Every time our coordinators or our pro staff went through New Hampshire, they came back saying this guy shouldn't be overlooked," manager John Farrell said. "Sometimes the guys that don't receive all of the accolades are the ones that when they do get their opportunity (do well) because they haven't been the high-profile guy, they haven't received all of the accolades."
He uses his fastball, slider and is working in a changeup.
"I pitch off my fastball. It's something I've always done," he said. "Getting ahead and being able to work both sides of the plate with my fastball. My slider I would say is my out pitch for the most part. I actually have a decent changeup and I really don't use it enough. It's something they want me to use against righthanders so I've been using it more and it's been helping me out a good bit.
"When I first got up here, probably my first two or three weeks I might have used it once. I guess in the back of my mind is that I was trying to take advantage of the opportunity and wasn't going to get beat on my third-best pitch. But I've learned more and more to incorporate it and it's helped me out a lot."
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