Sam Huff

Position: C
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Hickory Crawdads
League: South Atlantic League
Born: 01/14/1998 (Age: 26)
Height: 6'4''
Weight: 215
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 7th Rd., 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TEX)

Prospect Spotlight

Huff is a physical catcher at 6’4’’ and 215 pounds, showing intriguing power potential for the position with questions about his ability to make contact against higher-level pitching. A 7th round pick from an Arizona high school in 2016, he has hit for power at the expense of some contact in his first taste of full-season ball this year. The 20-year-old shows above-average raw power to the pullside right now, in a body that’s likely to add more strength and feature full on 60 raw down the road. There is a lot of natural leverage and strength in his swing, though he will need to quiet an unorthodox hitchy load to unlock better bat control against off-speed pitches. Defensively, Huff is a developing receiver with enough arm to have a chance to stick at the position.

There’s lots of risk given the lengths his hit tool will need to improve and the attrition rate of catching prospects in the low minors. With that said, Huff’s blend of physicality and power at a premium defensive position gives him one of the higher best-case-scenario ceilings of any position prospect in the system.