UCLA's David Huff Makes History With 10-Win Major League Season
Sept. 14, 2009
CLEVELAND - Former UCLA left-handed pitcher David Huff improved to 10-7 with the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, becoming just the sixth pitcher in school history to have earned 10 wins or more in a major league season.
Huff becomes the first pitcher to secure 10 wins or more in a season since right-hander Tim Leary went 11-9 for the Seattle Mariners in 1993. Huff earned the victory Saturday against Kansas City, limiting the visiting Royals to three earned runs and seven hits in 6.0 innings.
Huff has gone 5-1 in his last six starts, allowing no more than three earned runs in each of the five victories.
Playing his first season in the major leagues, Huff has gone 10-7 with a 6.14 ERA in 21 starts. The 39th overall selection in the 2006 MLB Draft (supplemental, first round), Huff was named the Cleveland Indians' minor league pitcher of the year in 2008.
Along with Huff and Leary, former UCLA pitchers Bill Bonham, Jim Parque, Dave Schmidt and Matt Young posted at least one season with 10 or more victories in the major leagues. Leary's 17 victories for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their 1988 World Series championship season marks the highest single-season win total for any former UCLA pitcher in the major leagues.
Huff starred in the Bruins' starting rotation as a junior in 2006. The left-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif., went 7-4 with a 2.98 ERA, totaling 100 strikeouts in 129.2 innings (16 starts).