Aaron Loup was drafted in the 9th round by the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon.
June 10, 2009
NEW ORLEANS- Aaron Loup is the second member of the Green Wave 2009 club to be drafted in this year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Loup was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth round Wednesday afternoon.
The left-handed pitcher made 17 appearances on the rubber for Tulane, with eight starts, including one against in-state rival LSU in which Loup picked up the victory. He tossed 6.2 innings in the contest, striking out four and walking just one. He also fanned a team-high 61 batters in his junior season that found him throwing 57.2 innings.
"I had 20 people text message me before I even heard anything and then my phone rang and I got the call," Loup said. "It's exciting. They told me they would call me as soon as the draft is over and we could discuss details so hopefully everything will shake out."
A native of Luling, La., Loup's prep career found him at Hahnville High School at a four-year starter for coaches Mark Sims and Frank Cazeaux. The southpaw helped lead the Tigers to four state playoff appearances while posting a combined 32-7 record. Loup also fanned a total of 121 batters during his prep career. He was a two-time first-team All-District 6-5A and all-metro honoree in addition to being the lone underclassmen on the 2004 all-state team after posting a 10-0 record and a 1.02 ERA. Loup also tossed a complete-game no-hitter against Terrebonne High as a sophomore.
In his first season with the Green Wave, Loup appeared in 17 games as a true freshman, including a pair of starts and he was tied for second among Tulane relievers in wins (two) while posting a 4.37 ERA, 36 strikeouts and a .289 opponent batting average in 35.0 innings of work. In his first collegiate start, Loup earned a victory over UAB (May 6) after fanning five and allowing just one run on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. His longest outing of the year came against East Carolina in the Conference USA Tournament (May 26) when he fanned three and gave up just a pair of earned runs in 6.1 innings.
Loup followed up his freshman campaign with a solid sophomore season in which he appeared in 15 games, including eight starts. He posted a 2-3 record with a 5.66 ERA and a .283 opponent batting average in 47.2 innings of work with victories Oakland (March 15) and Sacred Heart (March 22). He tossed a season-long 7.0 innings in each of those games, including a five-hit shutout performance during his time on the hill against Oakland.
The 2009 MLB Draft continues Wednesday afternoon and is slated to go 50 rounds, concluding on Thursday.