Huber with the Padres in 2008
|Free Agent – No. 16|
1 July 1982 |
|21 June, 2005, for the Kansas City Royals|
|NPB: March 26, 2010, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|Runs batted in||15|
|Runs batted in||17|
Justin Patrick Huber (//; born 1 July 1982) is an Australian professional baseball player. A first baseman and outfielder, Huber has played in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Australian Baseball League. He has also played for the Australian national baseball team in international competitions.
New York Mets
Kansas City Royals
Huber was one of the top prospects within the Mets organisation when he was traded to the Kansas City Royals before the 2004 trade deadline for José Bautista. Huber underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee in August, ending his season.
This injury ended Huber's catching career, and by the time he made his major league debut on 21 June 2005, he was a first baseman. He made his first career appearance in the outfield on 17 September 2007 against the Chicago White Sox.
San Diego Padres
On 26 March 2008, Huber was traded to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. He hit his first career home run on 20 April 2008, against Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Huber signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins in February 2009 and Huber received a September callup when the rosters expanded.
On 19 November 2010 while playing for the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League he was re-signed by the Twins to a minor league contract. After a poor spring, he was released by the Twins to make room for Scott Diamond.
He signed with Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for 2011 season.