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Quick bio on Hughes:
Jared Hughes attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School and was drafted in the 16th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hughes didn’t sign and chose to attend Santa Clara University and would then transfer to become a Dirt Bag at Long Beach State University after the 2004 season.
The right hander pitched for the Dirt Bags during the 2005 and 2006 season as a starter putting up a respectable 16-7 record over his career which included 197 innings pitched with 164 strikeouts.
The Buccos drafted Hughes in the fourth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. Hughes spent five years in the minor leagues and really wasn’t spectacular. He started 2011 in the Altoona Curve rotation, but was promoted to Indianapolis and was effective out of the bullpen. Hughes got the call in September of 2011 to join the big club.
He has been a major contributor as a relief pitcher for the Pirates and has been in his share of controversy including when Brandon Phillips accused him of calling him ‘boy.’
Hughes will turn 28 on July 4 and figures prominently in the Pirates future plans.