Jan 27, 2021

Aaron Loup: 2021 Mets Lefthanded Reliever

 Aaron Christopher Loup was born on December 19th 1987 in Raceland, Louisiana. The five foot eleven left hander, grew up a Braves fan with his heroes being Gary Mathews, Tom Glavine & John Smoltz. He attended Tulane University, playing for the Tulane Green Wave for three years, majoring in digital design.

Loup was drafted in the 9th round of the 2009 draft, by the Toronto Blue Jays while in his senior year. He pitched in the Jays minors for four seasons, struggling at first until, coaches Dane Johnson & former Oakland A's reliever, Darold Knowles taught him to throw side arm. 

MLB Career: Loup got a big league call up in July of 2102, retiring all six batters he faced in his debut. He appeared in 33 games the rest of the way, posting an 0-2 record with a 2.64 ERA, walking just two batters in 30 innings of work. He was voted the Blue Jays Team Rookie of Year.

Trivia: On August 3rd, 2012, in a game against the Oakland Athletics, he became the first Blue
Jay in team history to bat in an all American League game. He grounded out.

Loup would spend six seasons in Toronto as late reliever, set man & brief period as closer, where he recorded six saves. In 369 with the Jays, he recorded 47 holds, going 12-20 with a 3.38 ERA. 

2015 Post Season: He made one post season with Toronto, pitching one scoreless inning in two appearances in the ALDS win over Texas. In the ALCS loss to the Kansas City Royals he made two appearances giving up a hit & a run in Game #2. 

By 2018 he was the longest tenured Blue Jay on the roster. But late that season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies where closed out the season. He was granted free agency & signed a one year deal with the San Diego Padres, but he only pitched in four games due to injuries. For the 2020 season, he signed with the Tamps Rays.

He pitched in 24 games for the 2020 AL Champion Tampa Rays, going 3-2 with four holds & a
2.52 ERA. He struck out 22 batters & with his good control, walked just 4 in 25 innings of work.

On August 16th, he was credited with a win, after pitching the 8th inning of the previous days game, that had been suspended due to rain. The game was finished up the next day, with a Rays win. 

Loup then pitched the 7th inning, of the August 16th game, earning another victory in the Rays 7-5 win. This resulted him having the rare feat of earning two wins on the same day against his former team.

2020 Post Season: He pitched a scoreless inning in  the AL Wild Card deciding game, win over the Blue Jays. He made four appearances in the ALCS win over the Houston Astros, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out three Astros & walking one.

2020 World Series: In the World Series, he pitched in four games of the Series loss to the LA Dodgers. In Game #2 he pitched an entire inning, striking out two batters in the Rays 6-4 win. 

In Game #4 in Tampa, he came in relief in the 7th inning, with the Rays ahead 5-4. He gave up hits to Corey Seager & Justin Turner before striking out Max Muncy. He was relieved by Nick Anderson who gave up a single with two runs scoring & charged to Loup. He made two more scoreless/hitless appearances in Games five & six.

On January 27th, he signed as free agent with the New York
Mets.

Family: Aaron married his high school sweetheart Leigh Ann & they have a son & a daughter. In the off season, they live in Louisiana. 

Aaron is an avid bow hunter & fisherman. He is known as a quiet reserved person.


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