May 16, 2009
CLEVELAND - Former UCLA left-handed pitcher David Huff has been promoted to the Cleveland Indians' major league organization, as announced by the ballclub this afternoon. Huff, who starred in UCLA's pitching rotation as a junior in 2006, is slated to make his major league debut as Cleveland's starting pitcher Sunday afternoon at Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field.
First pitch of Sunday's game between the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays is slated for 10:30 am. PT. Live streaming video of Huff's debut will be available online at mlb.com (fee required).
Huff has gone 5-1 with a 4.35 ERA in seven starts this spring for the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland's triple-A minor league affiliate). The left-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif., has compiled 32 strikeouts and 16 walks while limiting opposing hitters to a .241 batting average.
The former UCLA standout combined to go 11-5 with a 2.52 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) in 2008 before being named Cleveland's top minor league pitcher that season. He totaled 143 strikeouts and 29 walks in 146.1 innings between double-A Akron and triple-A Buffalo.
Huff was selected as the 39th overall pick (supplemental round selection) 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.
Huff becomes the second Bruin from UCLA's 2006 ballclub to earn a promotion to the major leagues. Former teammate and right-handed pitcher Josh Roenicke spent September of 2008 pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.