Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Lucky Loux

I feel the need to inform the world of the story of my favorite former Salt Lake Bee Shane Loux. After spending four seasons out of the Major Leagues, Shane returns to the Big Leagues this time as a Los Angeles Angels.

Shane was drafted out of high school by Seattle and spent years and years in the minor leagues as one of their top pitching prospects. In 2003 Shane made his ML debut, and spent both 2003 and 2004 bouncing between Triple-A and the Majors.

He missed the 2005 season because of Tommy John surgery and returned to the minors with the Kansas City organization. After having another surgery to improve his circulation in his legs, he was not picked up for the 2007 season.

He spent his time coaching in Arizona until he got a try out with the Angels. He was assigned to Salt Lake, knowing that his place was working as a mentor to pitching prospects Nick Green and Nick Adenhart.

Yet Shane experienced an insane amount of success when he returned to organized baseball. He led the team with 12 wins and was on track to break the season-high wins record before he was recalled to the Angels.

Now he has his chance to show Mike Scioscia what he has left in him. I don't expect Shane to stay with the Angels for the rest of the season, but I am sure he will be there when they make their post-season October run, then who knows what next season will bring.


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