UCLA's David Huff Named Cleveland's Minor League Pitcher of the Year
Nov. 20, 2008
CLEVELAND - Left-handed pitcher David Huff, who starred on the mound for UCLA in 2006, has been selected as the 2008 Bob Feller Award winner as the Cleveland Indians' top minor league pitcher, as announced Thursday by the Cleveland Indians organization.
Huff, 24, combined to go 11-5 with a 2.52 ERA in 27 games (26 starts). The southpaw from Huntington Beach, Calif., logged 143 strikeouts and 29 walks in 146.1 innings between AA Akron and AAA Buffalo. Huff limited the opposition to a combined .210 batting average.
The former UCLA standout began the 2008 season at AA Akron, compiling a 5-1 record with a 1.92 ERA (65.1 IP, 62 K, 14 BB) in 11 games (10 starts) before being promoted to Buffalo on June 11.
At Buffalo, Huff went 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA (80.2 IP, 81 K, 15 BB). Over his final nine starts at Buffalo, he was 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA (42.2 IP, 34 H, 11 ER). For the year, he led all Indians minor league pitchers in ERA (2.52), was second in innings pitched (146.1) and strikeouts (143) and tied for fourth in wins (11).
Huff's combined .210 opponent batting average between Akron and Buffalo ranked 11th lowest among all full-season minor league pitchers. Following the 2008 season, Huff was named the sixth-best prospect in the International League by Baseball America. Yesterday, he was named the eighth-best prospect in the Indians organization entering 2009, according to Baseball America.
Huff was selected as the 39th overall pick (sandwich round, between first two rounds) of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. A one-year letterwinner with the Bruins, Huff went 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA as a junior in 2006. The left-hander registered 100 strikeouts and 27 walks in 129.2 innings that spring, helping lead UCLA to the NCAA Malibu Regional at Pepperdine.