D’Backs’ First-Rounder Fails Physical

MONDAY, 7:33am: Loux's physical exam revealed a shoulder issue, reports Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com.

SATURDAY, 10:52pm: Barret Loux, Arizona's first-round pick in this year's draft, has failed his physical exam, reports Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports. According to Ringolsby, the Diamondbacks have broken off negotiations with Loux, who they picked sixth overall last month.

When the D'Backs selected the Texas A&M right-hander, John Manuel wrote that it was the first pick of the draft Baseball America didn't like. Manuel noted that Loux wasn't considered a consensus first-rounder and that the right-hander had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow at A&M. Loux also received a heavy workload leading up to the draft, throwing 123+ pitches on four different occasions between May 6th and June 4th.

Considering slot money for the sixth overall pick is approximately $2.6MM, the D'Backs seem unlikely to reach an agreement with Loux if his health is a concern. Ringolsby indicates that the decision to draft Loux was made by Josh Byrnes, and that the move may have played a part in the Arizona GM losing his job.

If the D'Backs do not sign Loux, they'll receive the seventh overall pick in next year's draft as compensation.


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52 Comments on "D’Backs’ First-Rounder Fails Physical"


Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Don’t sign him and get the pick for next year. Maybe they could get Gerrit Cole or Matt Purke if he is eligible next year.

5 years 1 month ago

Literally no way cole falls to 7 unless he gets hurt or puts up some awful numbers. He’s pretty much the consensus number 2 pick at the moment

Ferrariman
5 years 1 month ago

Wait #2?

So who is #1?

humbb
5 years 1 month ago

You are, Number Six

5 years 1 month ago

That comment made me laugh so much!… for those who don’t know: it’s a reference to the old UK show “The Prisoner”.

elclashcombo
5 years 1 month ago

srsly! awesome reference!

rsoxmaulage
5 years 1 month ago

Anthony Rendon, 3B from Rice.

5 years 1 month ago

Genius scouting

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

You know scouts with X-ray vision?

slogar1
5 years 1 month ago

Exactly what I was thinking, how bad is the scouting? Must be using the same agency as the Cleveland Browns.

kipnis4040
4 years 9 months ago

the browns turned things around with the new gm… they make great decisions now.. colt mccoy, peyton hillis etc

5 years 1 month ago

I thought this was a random pick by the D’backs. I agree with the ‘don’t sign him idea’ above.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

I lol’ed hard when the D-Backs picked him. As stated above, they should not sign him

BTW, is the draft suppose to be stronger next year?

HerbertAnchovy
5 years 1 month ago

Yes, they say it will be a lot deeper next year.

04Forever
5 years 1 month ago

the D’Backs should not sign him and the MLB should grant them another 1st round pick in the supplemental part of the draft for this

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

As stated in the article, D’Backs do receive a compensation, 7th overall pick if they do not sign him.

04Forever
5 years 1 month ago

i know, but that doesnt seem fair to me. if a player fails a physical they should get another 1st round pick in the next draft since its not their faults the player was not healthy

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

They will get their own pick for the results of this season and 7th overall pick as a compensation… I think.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

Right. The D’Backs get two in the first round next year.

Bob George
5 years 1 month ago

They will get the 7th overall pick, that’s the first round, not the 7th round.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

It’s not like this is the first time this has happened. Tim Stauffer and R.A. Dickey leap to mind.

mrbasepaul
5 years 1 month ago

Really? It is their fault! They drafted a player who had health concerns.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

Hahahaha, the fail was huge with this.
But it’s good, we get some compensation.
Maybe this was done on purpose for a pick next year in a deeper draft.
Or, at least, I hope so.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

If it was on purpose, they would have drafted a guy who was impossible to sign like the Dodgers, not easy to sign.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

Or someone they knew would fail his physical.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

So that next year they can draft an extra guy but have zero leverage? It makes much more sense to just draft a player they like.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

Well, if they think they can get better talent next year, they should do it.
Maybe draft an easy to sign guy. A college player that doesn’t want to go to the IL.

Nathan Veale
5 years 1 month ago

Given that the D-Backs knew of his physical issues, shouldn’t they be obligated to attempt to sign him at a reduced bonus?

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

No.
It’d be better to get the #7 pick next year.

Nathan Veale
5 years 1 month ago

I understand what’s better for the team. I’m talking about what’s fair to both the player and the rest of the league.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

It doesn’t matter what’s fair. That’s how the draft works. If they don’t want to sign somebody, they don’t. It’s that simple.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

Exactly. Players screw the teams all the time so the team has the option of screwing him too if they don’t want him.

Morally, it would be the correct thing to do but this is business.

Nathan Veale
5 years 1 month ago

It’s not good for the league for teams to be rewarded for bad scouting and/or bad decision making by getting a do over when they screw up a pick this badly.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

They thought he was healthy. Guess they figured wrong, it’s an honest mistake. Whether he is drafted 6th or 16th, the team wouldn’t sign him because of his injury problem. I think it would be crazy to sign him if he is not fully healthy but even then, I would just save the pick and go for a supposedly deeper draft next year.

jphenix2002
5 years 1 month ago

“For a hundred years the owners screwed the players. For 25 years
the players have screwed the owners – they’ve got 75 years to go.”
– Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton

I imagine the owners got a good 50 years left if we’re talkin fair

5 years 1 month ago

he should be known as barrett floux

5 years 1 month ago

You think if they don’t sign him this year they could pick him up as an amateur free agent and get him anyway? Just a thought.

5 years 1 month ago

Lets not forget the D-Backs suck this year, so their normal pick will be pretty high as well.

rockiesmagicnumber
5 years 1 month ago

Not a lot is going right for this franchise, is it?

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

Or other franchises in Arizona.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

Hey, the Cards aren’t that bad if Leinart can be at least average.

And even though Amare’s gone, Nash is superhuman. Really. He is.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

Haha, you forgot to mention Phoenix Coyotes.

People in Phoenix: lolwut? What’s hockey?

Luckily I love Nash cause he is Canadian and I can’t believe Amare would give up playing beside Nash to play beside… uhm exactly who is he playing with on the Knicks?

5 years 1 month ago

Raymond Felton. Read a newspaper.

Sniderlover
5 years 1 month ago

Wow, Felton and Stoudmaire duo. Weren’t Knicks fans expecting LeBron after years of losing? 😛

5 years 1 month ago

It’s hard to practice hockey when the ice is always melted.

jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

No, it’s just that I hate hockey.

stltiger69
5 years 1 month ago

NASA says the odds of a significant asteroid impacting the earth are 1 in 250,000. Also NASA says the odds that an asteroid will fall to earth and hit the best player for the Arizona Diamondbacks is 1 in 3. Go Figure…

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

This isn’t the first time this has happened, plus it’s tiresome to see people parroting Keith Law, BA, and Kevin Goldstein like they scouted the guy themselves. Nope, you’re just repeating what you’ve read.

bomberj11
5 years 1 month ago

There must have been something really special about him.

JST1331
5 years 1 month ago

Can i say, off to a bad start?

hartvig
5 years 1 month ago

This may not be the worst thing in the long run. Consensus was this years draft was pretty shallow & next years should be much deeper. They may end up getting a better player than they could have out of this draft.

kipnis4040
4 years 9 months ago

i wish cleveland gambled 312 k on him