When Phil Hughes was looking at colleges, he was being recruited primarily as a pitcher, but he was also expected to swing the bat a little bit. He could play the infield corners, and he was pretty big for a teenager so he had some pop.
Tonight he’ll get his chance to hit in the big leagues. This will be his first start in an interleague game on the road.
“I was just big my senior year,” Hughes said. “So if I got the bat on the ball it was OK. I didn’t have a great approach or anything. I was just looking for a fastball every single pitch, and if I got one, sometime I could hit it. That was the extent of my hitting ability.”
As long as he doesn’t hit his finger on a bunt attempt, I’m sure he’ll be fine.