Sam Huff

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Samuel Nicholas Huff

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Biographical Information[edit]

C Sam Huff was the winner of the Larry Doby Award as the MVP of the 2019 Futures Game.

He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers, out of a high school in Phoenix, AZ. He played his first two season, 2016 and 2017 with the AZL Rangers. The first year, he hit .330/.436/.485 in 28 games, then the second hit .249/.329/.452 in 59 games. While his batting average went down, he found his power the second year, hitting 9 homers after hitting just 1 in his first year, and improving from 17 to 31 RBIs. In 2018, he played 118 games for the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League and hit .241/.292/.439, his OBP going down significantly due to poor strike zone control: he drew just 23 walks and struck out 140 times. However, the power was there, with 22 doubles and 18 homers.

Huff was back at Hickory to start 2019 and scorched the league in his second go-round, hitting .333 with 15 homers and 29 RBIs in his first 30 games. On May 9th, he was promoted to the Advanced Class A Down East Wood Ducks of the Carolina League and then was named to the American League squad for the 2019 Futures Game. Entering the game at first base, he hit a no-doubt two-run homer off Ben Bowden in the 7th inning that tied the game and was named the game's MVP as a result.

On July 2, 2021, playing in the Arizona Complex League on a rehabilitation assignment, he launched a monster homer measured at 511 feet; as a point of comparison, only two homers had been measured over 500 feet in the Statcast era in the majors, with the record being 505 feet.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Anthony Castrovince: "Rangers prospect Huff wins Futures Game MVP",, July 7, 2019. [1]

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