Phil Hughes baseball career began in 2007 and lasted all through 2018. He was born in Mission Viejo, California, and his passion for the game started early in life. He played baseball both as a junior and senior in high school all through to Santa Clara University. As a baseball pitcher, he has played for major leagues like the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and San Diego Padre.
Phil Hughes personal life
In November 2016, Phil got married to Sarah and they welcomed their lovely son Harrison in the fall of 2019. He is a devoted Christian with the bible verse Philippian 4:13 tattooed on his left arm and a reference of the same on his gloves. You can catch him up on his Youtube channel, Phil’s Pulls. He loves watching the Food Network channel during his free time.
Start off in his Career
In 2005, Phil began his first full professional year playing for Class A Charleston and RiverDogs and the Advance A Tampa Yankees. He was able to hold a record of 9-2 against a 1.24 ERA while playing against the Connecticut Defenders, taking a no-hitter eight shutout innings in a 4-0 landslide. Subsequently, he won the Kevin Lawn Pitcher of the year award after multiple victories.
New York Yankees
Phil played for the New York Yankees from 2007 to 2013. It was here that he earned his first win by maintaining a no-hitter through 6 1⁄3 innings. His strong performance on the field leads him to pitch for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and helped them win the 2008 international league title after striking out 12 batters. Afterwards, he was found to be nearsightedness and began putting glasses on for the game.
On November 30th, 2013, he signed a three-year contract worth $24 million with the Minnesota Twins. In 2014, he was unstoppable in the field, ending the season with the title the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in a single season in MLB history of 11.625. In the succeeding years he played for the league, he faced many adversaries, including knee surgery and thoracic syndrome, but they did not hinder his triumph.
Minnesota Twins traded Phil on May 27th, 2018, in exchange for a minor-league catcher Janigson Villalobos. Immediately after getting off the disabled list in June, Phil pitched a 6.10 ERA in 20 2⁄3 innings. He kicked off the August season in high spirit, his diligence in the field awarding him the highest percentage barreled plate and an average exit velocity of any other pitcher in the major league.
Throughout his career, Phil has attained several awards. In 2004, he received the 1st team High School All American Award; in 2006, the New York Yankees Minor League Player of the Year; in 2007, AL East Division Top Prospects – this was because of his right-hand starting pitch. In 2007, he was awarded the Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects, 2009 the World Series Champion, and 2010 the American League All-Star.
Phil’s professional career as a baseball player has been one of overcoming adversaries to attain triumph. His pitch record has kept evolving with time, from a four-seam fastball at 92-95 mph to a spike curveball of 73-77 mph. While undergoing rehab for his injury, he developed a mid-80s Vulcan changeup against left-hand hitters as well as a low-80s slider to right-hand hitters. His baseball journey is one to revere.