Position: Pitcher

DOB: July 4, 1985

Height: 6’7″ / Weight: 240

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Free Agent (April 2, 2017)

Profile: Originally drafted out of high school by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 16th round in 2013, Hughes opted to head to college at Long Beach State.  He was drafted again three years later, going to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round in 2006, and this time he signed, agreeing to a bonus reported by Baseball America to be worth $305,000.  He worked his way up through the Pirates’ farm system, making his MLB debut in 2011 with Pittsburgh, then spent parts of the next five season pitching out of the bullpen for the Pirates.  Released by the Pirates just prior to the start of the 2017 season, Hughes caught on with Milwaukee, signing a free agent deal, and spent the year pitching in relief for the Brewers.  A sinker/slider pitcher who sits in the low-to-mid-90’s with his heater, Hughes generates a ton of ground balls, helping him to work out of jams quite often via the double play ball.

2006:  After signing with the Pirates following the draft, Hughes got his feet wet with Williamsport in the New York-Penn League, before moving up to Low-A Hickory to finish out the year.  He made 15 combined starts between the two stops, and went 6-6 with a 4.79 ERA.

2007:  Returning to Low-A Hickory for the 2007 season, Hughes proved to be a key member of the starting rotation.  He made 27 starts for the Crawdads and posted a record of 8-9 to go along with an earned run average of 4.64 in 145.1 innings of work.

2008:  Hughes moved up to High-A Lynchburg in 2008 and made 21 starts for the Hillcats.  He went 3-9 with a 4.60 ERA, then moved up to Double-A Altoona, making six more starts there.  He went 2-2 with a 4.94 earned run average there, logging 31 innings.

2009:  The 2009 season saw a return to Double-A for Hughes as he saw action in 17 games, working as both a starter and a reliever.  He went 1-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 46.1 innings of work and also made three starts for Pittsburgh’s affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.

2010:  Back for a third season at Double-A Altoona, Hughes pitched in 30 games, starting 23 of them.  He ended the season with a record of 12-8 to go along with a 4.42 earned run average and recorded 120 strikeouts in 150.2 innings on the mound.

2011:  Hughes opened up the 2011 season in Altoona once again and went 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA before getting a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis.  He moved to the bullpen there and made 35 relief appearances before being called up to Pittsburgh as a September call-up, making his MLB debut on September 7th.

2012:  After getting his first taste of big league ball in 2011, Hughes spent the majority of the season with Pittsburgh in 2011.  He pitched in two games for Indianapolis and logged 66 relief appearances for the Pirates, going 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA.

2013:  The 2013 season saw Hughes shuffling back-and-forth between the Pirates bullpen and the minor leagues.  He 2-3 with a 4.78 ERA in 29 games with the Pirates, but was dominant with Indianapolis, allowing just one earned run over 18 appearances.

2014:  Hughes spent the bulk of the 2014 season in the major leagues, pitching in just seven Triple-A contests.  He took the mound 63 times for the Pirates and had his best showing of his career, going 7-5 with a 1.96 earned run average.

2015:  Coming off a big 2014 campaign, Hughes locked up a spot in the Pittsburgh bullpen in 2015 and spent the entire year there.  He made 76 relief appearances for the Pirates and finished the year with a record of 3-1 to go along with a 2.28 ERA.

2016:  Hughes again spent the majority of the season pitching out of the Pirates bullpen in 2016, with a couple of Triple-A outings mixed in.  He made 67 relief appearances for Pittsburgh and went 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA and one save in 59.1 innings.

2017:  Released by the Pirates in late March, the Brewers swooped in and signed Hughes to a contract days later, as he joined the Milwaukee bullpen for the 2017 season.  He pitched in 67 games for the Brewers, going 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA and one save.