first cut is the deepestToday the Chicago Cubs made their third “set” of Spring cuts, sending pitching prospect Barret Loux to minor league camp.

Loux, 23, was the Cubs’ return in the Geovany Soto deal last Summer (by way of Jake Brigham), and is a legitimate pitching prospect, albeit not a tip-top one. (Luke ranked Loux the 28th prospect in the Cubs’ system.) He didn’t take to Spring Training all that well this year, but he wasn’t expected to make the big team out of camp anyway. He’ll likely head to AAA after a dominant AA season in 2012, but it’s possible because of a rotation glut at AAA, and because his AA season ended after just 127 innings last year, he could start at AA.

I wrote extensively about Loux back in November, if you’d like to read more about him. He’ll be an arm to watch this year.

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