What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Barret loux matched a career high with 11 strikeouts last night and now leads the Carolina League with 108 k on the season its a long way from were he was at this time last year being drafted then failing a physical for the dbacks and being declared a free agent with sholuder and elbow issues. He is now hiting 95 on the radar gun again and has become a legit prospect another steal for the Rangers
Yeah, but aren't those shoulder and elbow issues going to present a problem in the future? I read that he had a torn labrum and an elbow which will require TJ surgery in the future. I can't find anything that says whether those have been fixed/need fixing through surgery.
a torn labrum would not require tommy john surgey and i think he already had his torn labrum repaired but the elbow is the one that is the worry but if you watch it and handle him carefully i think he is a guy who can have a solid major league career
He tore his labrum in high school. Removed a bone spur from his elbow in college. There was talk that the Dbags drafted him knowing they werent going to sign him because they wanted the pick back for the next draft, which they thought was deeper.
The Rangers already had a deep set of young pitching, but the additions of the exciting Loux, as well as Grimm, Jackson, and Buckel has made this the deepest pitching organization in baseball on the farm.
Yeah, but aren't those shoulder and elbow issues going to present a problem in the future?
This will sound very vague and unhelpful, but the answer is that they might ... or they might not. There were reports that Arizona's medical staff believed he was destined to undergo Tommy John surgery (if you search for 'barret loux' in the search engine, you'll find my write-up on the matter), a sentiment with which quite a few teams appear to concur, but the Rangers felt at the time of the signing that he was "fit to pitch" and clearly weren't that terrified by the prospect of his arm flying off at any moment.
Short answer: Loux will probably break at some point. But so will most other pitchers. Granted, he may be at a higher risk of breaking than the average pitcher, but we're still only scratching the surface of the science of pitcher injury prediction. Pitcher with terrible arm action (e.g. K-Rod) remain healthy. Pitchers with good arm break. And, of course, if you spend any amount of time trolling around the pitching mechanics websites out there, you'll find that there is often significant disagreement between one mechanics analyst and the next.
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