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Postby Arlo » Fri May 03, 2002 11:55 am

We were talking about Australian players a while ago; here's one who has only started to get a little press, but could turn out to be very good:

Nineteen-year old Justin Huber, a power-hitting catcher currently at Capital City, had already been considered a decent prospect for a while, but seems to be putting everything together now. Keep an eye on him. He won't be helping anybody's fantasy team this year (the Mets kind of like that Piazza kid at catcher), and presumably not next year either, but he could turn into a good one down the line. Huber is still raw, and his defense needs work (including throwing would-be base-stealers out), but his bat speed and strength are phenomenal.

The Mets have some decent catchers in their system, so a trade or position switch might be in the cards for Huber, but that's still speculation at this point. The Rockies, Blue Jays and Dodgers were also interested in signing Huber.
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Postby Bender » Sat May 04, 2002 9:49 am

I hope he does turn out to be good, I love seeing Australians in the Big Leagues. Except when things don't go well of course, like when Prokopec gets shelled.
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Postby Arlo » Sat May 04, 2002 6:44 pm

At the risk of sounding a bit too eager to endorse a very young player, I feel that this kid could be the "next big thing" for baseball in Australia, and wind up being better and more popular than Nilsson.

Yes, his future is still very, very uncertain, and calling him a sure thing would be foolish, but the potential is there. We'll see what happens...
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Postby Bender » Sun May 05, 2002 10:01 am

What about Damian Moss of the Braves? He might not get too many chances, but he pitched 7 hitless innings against the cardinals.

I'm guessing he is the best pitching prospect form Australia.
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Postby Arlo » Sun May 05, 2002 10:46 am

True - that was quite an outing, wasn't it? If he really is over both his health and control problems, he could turn into a Tom Glavine type of pitcher.

At the very least, after 7 no-hit inning, he won't only be known as the poster boy for the perils of chewing tobacco... :-P Definitely a pitcher to keep an eye on (as if being on the Braves' staff wasn't enough)!
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