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David Gregory Huff (born August 22, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Los Angeles Angels. Huff has also played for the LG Twins of the KBO League.

David Huff
David Huff - Yankees at Orioles 09 09 13 2.jpg
Huff with the Yankees in 2013
Tokyo Yakult Swallows – No. 45
Born: (1984-08-22) August 22, 1984 (age 34)
Huntington Beach, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Left
Professional debut
MLB: May 17, 2009, for the Cleveland Indians
KBO: July 14, 2016, for the LG Twins
NPB: April 4, 2018, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record25–30
Earned run average5.17
KBO statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record13–6
Earned run average2.66
NPB statistics
(through August 13, 2019)
Win–loss record4–8
Earned run average4.02


Early lifeEdit

Huff attended Edison High School, the University of California, Irvine, Cypress College, and the University of California, Los Angeles before being selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round, with the 39th overall selection, of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

Since 2006, Huff has played minor league baseball with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Kinston Indians, Akron Aeros, Buffalo Bisons, and Columbus Clippers.

In 11 games with the Akron Aeros in 2008, Huff had a career-best ERA of 1.92. He then pitched 80 innings for the Bisons in 2008 and put up a 3.01 ERA. He was named the Indians' 2008 Minor League Player of the Year (receiving the "Lou Boudreau Award").[2]

Huff pitched for the AAA Columbus Clippers in 2009 until his call-up on May 16. He had a 5–1 record with a 4.35 ERA with the Clippers.[3]

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Huff made his Major League debut with a start against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 17, 2009. He allowed seven runs in only 3.2 innings to pick up the loss. He recorded his first win on June 7 when he allowed three runs in five innings against the Chicago White Sox. In 23 starts in 2009 he finished 11-8 with a 5.61 ERA.

On May 29, 2010, Huff was hit in the head by a comeback line drive off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. Huff was carried off the field by a medical cart several minutes later.[4] Huff did not sustain a concussion, and returned to his regular baseball activities within 48 hours of the incident.[5]

Huff split his time with the Indians and the minor league affiliates during his four-year tenure with the team. Huff was designated for assignment by the Indians organization on May 24, 2013. Overall, Huff went 18–26 with a 5.40 ERA during his career with the Cleveland Indians.

New York YankeesEdit

Huff was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on May 26, 2013[6] and made his Yankees debut the same day he was acquired, recording a strikeout, two walks, and allowing a run in one inning of relief pitched against the Tampa Bay Rays.[7][8] He was designated for assignment on May 28, 2013 after Joba Chamberlain was activated from the disabled list. Not wanting to join a third organization, and trusting Yankees' pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Huff accepted a minor league assignment to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, after receiving instruction from Rothschild on how to improve his delivery. In Scranton, he continued his work with Gil Patterson.[9]

Huff was re-added to the Yankees' 25-man major league roster and recalled from the minors on August 15, 2013.[10] On August 22, Huff got his first win as a Yankee after pitching five innings of one-hit relief against the Toronto Blue Jays.[11] The Yankees primarily used Huff in the long relief role, but gave him a start in place of Phil Hughes on September 7. He was 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 11 appearances (2 starts).

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On January 24, 2014, the Yankees traded Huff to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations.[12][13] He was designated for assignment on June 6 after posting a disappointing 6.30 ERA with 11 strikeouts and six walks in 20 innings.[14]

New York Yankees (second stint)Edit

On June 11, 2014, Huff was traded back to the Yankees for cash considerations.[14] He was 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 30 games and became a free agent on December 2, 2014 after he was non-tendered by the Yankees.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract in January 2015 and invited him to spring training.[15] He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.[16] After one three inning appearance in the minors, the Dodgers purchased his contract and called him up to the Majors to start the April 14 game against the Mariners.[17] He allowed four runs in four innings and was designated for assignment after the game.[18] After returning to Oklahoma City, he was again recalled by the Dodgers on June 1.[19] He was designated for assignment again on June 2 after appearing in relief in two games.[20] He returned to the minors and appeared in 23 games for Oklahoma City, only four of which were starts. He was 5–2 with a 2.20 ERA.[3]

Huff was selected to be a member of the United States national baseball team for the 2015 Pan-American Games.[21] His throwing error in the gold medal game caused the U.S. team to lose to the Canada national baseball team.[22]

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

On January 9, 2016, Huff agreed to a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. He would earn $1.1 million if he made the Major League roster.[citation needed] He opted out of his contract on May 15, making him a free agent.

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

On May 18, 2016, Huff signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels.[citation needed] The Angels promoted Huff to the major leagues to start on June 7.[23]

LG TwinsEdit

On July 8, 2016, Huff signed a deal with the LG Twins of the KBO League.[24]

Tokyo Yakult SwallowsEdit

On December 20, 2017, Huff signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).[25]


  1. ^ "#11 Dave Huff". UCLA Sports Information. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Minor League Player of the Year by Team". The Baseball Cube. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "David Huff Minor League Statistics & History". August 22, 1984. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Matthews, Wallace. "Huff carted off after line drive to head". Retrieved August 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "David Huff Completely Fine After Liner To The Head". Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "Yankees Add Left-Handed Reliever David Huff To Roster". Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Box Score- May 26, 2013". May 26, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Duggan, Dan (September 3, 2013). "David Huff benefits from Larry Rothschild's adjustment". Newsday. Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  9. ^ New Jersey. "David Huff makes first start for Yankees as team faces Red Sox". Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Yankees | David Huff recalled - MLB Hot off the Wire". August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  11. ^ HOWIE RUMBERG (AP Sports Writer) August 22, 2013 (August 22, 2013). "Suzuki gets 4,000th hit, Soriano homers for Yanks - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  12. ^ "Giants acquire reliever David Huff from Yankees for cash". Associated Press. January 24, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Baer, Bill (January 24, 2014). "Yankees trade David Huff to Giants for cash considerations". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Yankees activate Kelley, acquire Huff from SF". Associated Press. June 11, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 9, 2015). "Arruebarrena, Seager, Urias among 17 non-roster Spring Training invitees". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  16. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (April 7, 2015). "Revealed: Opening Day roster for Triple-A Oklahoma City". LA Daily News. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  17. ^ Dilbeck, Steve (April 13, 2015). "Dodgers call on David Huff to make spot start Tuesday". LA Times. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  18. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (April 15, 2015). "Dodgers designate David Huff, claim Ryan Dennick". LA Times. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  19. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 1, 2015). "Dodgers call up David Huff, option Matt West to Triple-A, move Carl Crawford to 60-day DL". SB Nation. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  20. ^ Weisman, Jon (June 2, 2015). "Exit Barnes and Huff, enter Coulombe and Ravin". Dodgers Insider. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  21. ^ Drevalas, Brent (June 29, 2015). "Pros Set To Represent U.S. At Pan Am Games In Toronto". Baseball America. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  22. ^ Caple, Jim (July 20, 2015). "U.S. throws away baseball gold, literally". ESPN. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
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  24. ^ "LG Twins acquire new American pitcher". July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  25. ^ "Swallows sign lefty Dave Huff". December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.

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