Aaron Loup looking to stick with Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup pitches during baseball spring training in Dunedin, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:01PM EST
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Last year's Jays rookie of the year, Aaron Loup skipped Class-AAA ball altogether.
And the 25-year-old from Louisiana hopes to keep it that way in 2013.
Loup was called up mid-season in 2012 from Class-AA ball in New Hampshire and went 0-2 in Toronto with a 2.64 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.
The Jays left-hander has a unique delivery -- between side-armed and the normal pitching motion.
Pitching coach Pete Walker calls Loup's throwing style "funky," saying it's very hard for left-handers to hit. And it's no picnic for right-handers, either.
Manager John Gibbons says that makes Loup valuable as a situational pitcher.