James Anthony Loney
(born May 7, 1984 in Houston
) is a first baseman
in Major League Baseball
who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Loney had a stellar prep career (varsity 2000-02) at Elkins High School
in Missouri City, Texas
(suburban Houston). He hit .509 his senior season and also accumulated a record of 9-1 with a 1.80 earned run average
as a pitcher, striking out 106 batters in 54 innings. After his senior year in 2002, he was named Player of the Year by Houston 5A Baseball
, the Houston Chronicle
and the Texas High School Writers Association, and was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year (Texas). Prior to the draft, Baseball America
tabbed him as the best pure hitter in the draft, as having the second-best professional debut by a high school player selected and the second-closest high school player to reaching the major leagues, sliding Daniel Kelly Calhoun (Mascoutah IL, 1994) down to the third-best in MLB history.
Loney was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers
in the first round (#19 overall). He had signed with Baylor University
to play college baseball, but opted to sign a pro contract.
Minor league career
Loney began his professional career with the Great Falls Dodgers
, where he hit .371 and was named the top prospect in the Pioneer League
by Baseball America. Loney appeared in 125 games for Single-A Vero Beach
in 2003 and hit .276 with 7 homers and 46 RBIs.
In 2004, Loney was tabbed as the fourth-best prospect in... Read More