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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Frisco P Barrett Loux tabbed Texas League's best

By Jeff Caplan

Frisco RoughRiders right-hander Barrett Loux was named the Texas League’s Pitcher of the Year. Loux was one of four RoughRiders on the TL postseason All-Star team, joined by outfielder Engel Beltre, third baseman Mike Olt and shortstop Jurickson Profar.

Only the Springfield Cardinals had more players (five) named to the team.

Loux, 23, is the second RoughRider to be named Pitcher of the Year, joining Blake Beavan in 2010. In 24 starts, Loux is 14-1 with a 3.50 ERA. He leads the Texas League in wins and is tied for second most victories in all of minor league baseball.

He suffered his only loss on June 22 against Corpus Christi, his first defeat in 11 months (when he was pitching for Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League). Loux is first in winning percentage (.933) and fourth in fewest baserunners/9 IP (11.50).

A former first-round pick out of Texas A&M by the Diamondbacks (sixth overall in 2010), Loux was granted free agency after Arizona failed to sign him. The Rangers signed the Houston native as a free agent on November 22, 2010.

Beltre, 22, has been Frisco’s regular center fielder and leadoff batter for most of the season. Through 127 games he is batting .262 with 16 doubles and career highs in home runs (16), triples (17), RBIs (54) and steals (36).

Olt, 24, played in 95 games for Frisco before being promoted to the Rangers on Aug. 2. With the Riders, Olt hit .288 with 28 home runs, 17 doubles, one triple and 82 RBIs. At the time of his promotion, he was leading all Double-A players in OPS (.877) and was tied for the second most home runs in all of the minors.

Profar, 19, was also named a Midseason Texas League All-Star. Through 123 games, the switch-hitter is batting .280 with 14 home runs, 26 doubles, seven triples and 62 RBIs. He is tied for fourth in the league in triples and is fifth in total bases (216). The youngest player in all of Double-A, he played against Olt in the Futures Game as the starting shortstop for the World Team.

Springfield outfielder Oscar Taveras is the Texas League Player of the Year, while Corpus Christi's Keith Bodie was honored as the Manager of the Year.