July 17, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Former UCLA left-handed pitcher David Huff has been named the top prospect in the Cleveland Indians' organization in the first half of the minor league season by Baseball America. Promoted to triple-A Buffalo from double-A Akron in May, Huff has compiled a 7-3 record and 2.48 earned-run average, totaling 110 strikeouts and 19 walks, in 108.2 innings between both teams this season.
Huff, who led the Bruins with 100 strikeouts in 129.2 innings in 2006, has tallied 48 strikeouts and five walks in 43.0 innings for Buffalo (2-2, 3.35 ERA). Most recently, Huff tossed five scoreless innings, scattering four hits while logging five strikeouts in a no-decision against Louisville on July 11.
The former UCLA standout began the 2008 season with Akron (double-A), registering a 5-1 record and 1.92 ERA. Huff totaled 62 strikeouts and 14 walks in 65.2 innings for the Aeros, limiting the opposition to a .189 batting average.
In his first career start at the triple-A level (vs. Rochester, June 6), Huff allowed one run and scatter three hits in six innings, totaling five strikeouts and one walk. Huff recorded nine strikeouts in seven scoreless innings at Louisville on June 21, holding the opposition to five hits without issuing a walk.
Huff, a supplemental first-round draft selection by Cleveland in June 2006, pitched for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) in the fall of 2007. A Huntington Beach, Calif., resident, Huff was selected to compete in the AFL's "Rising Stars Showcase" on Oct. 26, 2007.
Last season, Huff posted a 2.72 ERA and 4-2 record in 11 starts for the Kinston Indians (single-A). The left-hander totaled 46 strikeouts and 15 walks in 59.2 innings, limiting opponents to a .251 average before being sidelined the remainder of the season with an injury sustained in late May.
As a junior at UCLA in 2006, Huff became the first Bruin selected in the first round of the draft since 2000, when Josh Karp was chosen by the Montreal Expos in the first round. At UCLA, Huff hurled three complete games, posting a 2.98 ERA and 7-4 record in 16 starts while leading the Bruins to their first of three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.
Huff transferred to UCLA after pitching for Cypress College in 2005 and UC Irvine in 2004.