Has Anyone Noticed Aubrey Huff’s Season?

August 20, 2008 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

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The Baltimore Orioles started the season with a bang. They seemed to make the highlights every night and people couldn’t leave them out of baseball conversation. They have since cooled off significantly but one player that has flown under the radar through it all is Aubrey Huff.

All Huff has done through 8/19 is hit .302 with a .363 OBP and a .558 SLUG (6th in AL). His OPS of .920 is 8th in the AL. He has 37 doubles (6th in AL), 27 homers (6th in AL), 87 RBI (tied for 6th), 81 runs scored (tied for 7th in AL), and he has a 47/71 K/BB rate in 477 at-bats. Oh yeah, his 66 extra-base hits are first in the AL and tied for 2nd in the majors.

Huff also isn’t making many extra outs. He has not been caught stealing and he has only groubded into 7 double plays. He is also seeing a career high 3.80 pitches per plate appearance.

Huff is used primarily as the DH on the Orioles but he has done a decent job when playing the field. He has a perfect fielding percentage at firstbase and has only made two errors in almost 200 chances. He may not have the best range but he has been at least league average when playing the field.

I am honestly surprised that no one, including the Rays, have attempted to talk to the Orioles about Huff, who cleared waivers and can be traded to anyone. He is still owed close to $10M through next season but his bat is playing at that level.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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