With the multitude of pitchers in camp with the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly has plenty of options to evaluate before setting the 25-man roster for Opening Day.
David Huff, who signed a Minor League contract with the Dodgers on Jan. 10, is one of 11 pitchers hoping to make the final cut. The left-hander has certainly proven his worth in past seasons and his body of work thus far suggests he’s a candidate to make the roster out of spring.
When asked about Huff, Mattingly praised his collection of pitches. “[Huff] has got a lot of weapons,” the manager said. “He has got a lot of weapons for both a righty and a lefty. He could go multiple innings.”
Huff broke into the Majors in 2009 with the Cleveland Indians as a starter. However, his stint as a starter lasted only four years as his ERA swelled to 4.82. On May 26, 2013, the New York Yankees claimed him off of waivers, which coincided with his career as a reliever beginning.
The Huntingtion Beach native began the 2014 season with the San Francisco Giants but struggled to the tune of a 6.30 ERA in 16 games. On June 11, he was traded back to the Yankees, where he had an exceptional remainder of the season; appearing in 30 games, Huff had a 1.85 ERA in New York.
Huff’s versatility could earn him a spot on the regular season roster. He’s already put some of that on display by starting one Cactus League game for the Dodgers and coming out of the bullpen in another. Huff has a combined four strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched over the two appearances while giving up just two hits.
As the Dodgers learned the hard way last season, there’s never a comfortable number of pitchers on the roster. Should Huff continue to have positive results, his production coupled with the ability to start and come out of the bullpen should bode well for his chances on making the Dodgers’ roster.