Hughes with the Pittsburgh Pirates
|Cincinnati Reds – No. 48|
|Born: July 4, 1985|
|September 7, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Earned run average||2.69|
William Jared Hughes (born July 4, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.
High school and college
Hughes attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 16th Round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, but chose to attend Santa Clara University. Hughes transferred to Long Beach State University after the 2004 season. He was a starting pitcher for LBSU for two seasons in 2005 and 2006 and posted a 16–7 career record with a 3.29 ERA, throwing 197 innings with 164 strikeouts.
Hughes was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Long Beach State University. Hughes started his pro career in 2006 with the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Hickory Crawdads. He spent the 2007 season with Hickory. He spent the 2008 season with the Lynchburg Hillcats and the Altoona Curve. In 2009, Hughes pitched for the Gulf Coast League Pirates and Altoona. In 2010, Hughes pitched for Altoona. Hughes started the 2011 season in the Altoona rotation, but was promoted and moved to the bullpen with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
When Hughes was promoted to the majors in September 2011, he became the 41st major leaguer in Long Beach State history. He appeared in 12 games, going 0–1.
On April 25, 2012, Hughes was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. A day later he was optioned back but recalled again on May 1. On August 12, Hughes was optioned back to Indianapolis to make room for Juan Cruz coming off the Disabled list. He was recalled again on August 14. Hughes finished the season with 66 appearances, going 2–2 with a 2.85 ERA.
The 2013 season was a setback for Hughes, as he battled injuries and inconsistency throughout the year, resulting in a 2–3 record in 29 appearances and a 4.78 ERA. As a result, he also spent time at AAA, pitching in 18 games.
In 2014 Hughes played in 63 games and posted a 7–5 record, with a career low 1.96 ERA. In 64 1/3 innings, he allowed 51 hits and had a 1.09 WHIP.
The 2015 season was another successful one for Hughes as he put together a 3–1 record in a career-high 76 games, with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
In 2016, he had an ERA of 3.03 in 67 games for the Pirates. In 59 1⁄3 innings, he struck out 34.
Hughes was released on March 29, 2017.
On December 26, 2017, Hughes signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. In his first season in Cincinnati, Hughes posted a career low 1.94 ERA in 72 appearances. He finished 4-3 with 7 saves.
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