Over his career, Phil Hughes has seemingly been one solid secondary pitch away from taking over the world.
Since his prospect days, his curveball was considered this dangerous weapon. For Hughes, unfortunately, the pitch never manifested into that killer pitch as projected. Eventually, the pitch was unceremoniously dropped from his arsenal in 2012.
When asked why the deuce took the backseat to other pitches in his repertoire, Hughes cited
Letís just say Jason Kubelís to Minnesota return was not exactly met with wild enthusiasm from the Twins fandom.
Based on the previous seasonís production -- a stomach-turning batting line of .216/.293/.317 (avg/obp/slg) with just five home runs in 290 plate appearances -- you could not fault anyone on the outside looking in. Nevertheless Kubel and those close to him maintained that, at 31-years-old, the left-handed outfielder-slash-designated hitter was
Chris Colabello is a player who refuses to take a hint when he is no longer wanted.
This past winter, the Twins were up against a roster crunch and decided that Colabello, who hit below .200, accumulated a waist-high pile of strikeouts and positional inflexibility, not to mention at an advanced age for a prospect, was expendable. When the they signed catcher Kurt Suzuki in December, they negotiated with a Korean team to move Colabello off the 40-man roster.
How Phil Hughes WorkedOf all starting pitchers who threw more than 100 innings last year, Phil Hughes led the group with a first-pitch strike rate of 71% -- only one of two pitchers who cracked the 70% mark (Arizonaís Patrick Corbin being the other). Naturally, Hughes continued that first-pitch strike tendency in his first start with the Minnesota Twins, turning the count over to 0-1 on 19 of the 24 batters he faced.
Sticking mainly with his heat in the situations (20 of 24),
Joe Mauerís 8 Balls-In-Play Have Been Grounders
So, yeah, infinitesimally small of eight plate appearances in which Joe Mauer has put the ball in play have resulted in grounders. One of those games was against Chris-Freaking-Sale who was so dominant against left-handed opponents that he only faced 163 in 2013 because no manager in his right mind would trot his lefties out there to spin holes in the batterís box (Sale led the league with