The first chance to see Barret Loux pitch professionally in Omaha is Thursday at Werner Park. Loux, now an Iowa Cub, was drafted sixth overall by the Rangers in 2011 and agreed to a $2 million bonus, but the Rangers voided the deal because they didn’t like how his arm looked in a physical and signed him for just over $300,000. They traded him to the Cubs this past offseason in the Geovany Soto deal — after Loux went 14-1 with a 3.47 ERA in the Class AA Texas League. Baseball America ranks him only 26th among Cubs prospects. That’s too low, isn’t it?
Ryan Sweeney is hitting well (.362) for the I-Cubs, and former Nebraska commit Brad Nelson of Altoona, Iowa, is back with a new team.
The series pitching matchups:
*Thursday, 6:35 p.m.: Iowa RH Barret Loux (2-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. Omaha RH Nate Adcock (2-0, 2.40)
Friday, 7:05 p.m.: Iowa LH Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.64) vs. Omaha RH Brian Sanches (1-1, 5.93)
Saturday, 7:05 p.m.: Iowa RH Drew Carpenter (1-2, 5.68) vs. Omaha LH Chris Dwyer (3-1, .255)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.: Iowa LH Brooks Raley (2-2, 3.22) vs. Omaha LH Will Smith (2-1, 2.45)
*The must-see game of the series (plus it’s Thirsty Thursday).