Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Project Durham Bulls #8: Aubrey Huff

2000-2002 Durham Bulls 

Huff was a fairly polished college player when the Devil Rays drafted him in the fifth round of the 1998 MLB Draft out of Miami.  He played half a season in Single A and a full season in Double A before he landed with the Durham Bulls out of Spring Training in 2000.  Huff last 108 games in Triple A that summer posting a .316/.394/.566 slash line with 20 home runs, 36 doubles, and 76 RBIs.  The Rays called him up towards the end of the 2000 season for 40 games, but Huff was back in Durham for the 2001 season for 17 games before being recalled to Tampa.  In all, Aubrey Huff played 111 games in the Majors that year, but was less than impressive with an average below .250, an OBP below .300, and just 8 home runs.  Huff started out the 2002 season with the Bulls, but after 32 games went back up to Tampa.  Things turned out a little better the third time around and Huff stuck with the Rays.  He stayed with the Rays until 2006 when he was traded to the Astros for Ben Zobrist.  Aubrey Huff would go on to win two World Series rings with the Giants in 2010 and 2012.  

Way back in 2005 the store owner of 1,000,000 Baseball Cards in western St. Louis County convinced me to buy a box of Upper Deck Artifacts.  The base cards in the product were okay, the relic pieces were mediocre, but the autographs were worth the price of the box.  I landed a George Brett autograph out of my box and at some point traded the card away or sold.  Something.  Even though George is gone there are still a few of these cards hanging out in my collection.  While looking for a Huff card for this post I actually narrowed my choice down to the two autographed cards from this set.  Huff also has a plain autographed card with no jersey swatch.  Both were around $5, swatch was a little over and non-swatch a little under, so I went with the nicer of the two cards.  

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