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Postby ondeckb » Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:47 am

The Royals just picked him up from the Mets....I read some nice things about him.....any NY opinions?
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Postby red » Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:57 am

Second-tier catching prospect. Not in the Mauer, Mathis league, but almost. Having an off-season this year, I think. But talented. Mets probably would have kept him except for the glut of catchers they hav enow, they would have eventually lost him to Rule V or for nothing.
Think second-tier catcher: Mike Lieberthal on a normal year, not a stud year? That kind of thing?
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Postby ondeckb » Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:13 am

What I've read is that the Royals really like his bat....could see a position change, mebbe 1B or OF.
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:52 am

Huber, 22, signed with the Mets out of Australia in 2000. He quickly emerged as one of the minors' better catching prospects, though his star has dimmed somewhat as scouts have questioned whether he'll provide enough defense to catch regularly in the majors. He has enough bat to hit for average with 20-plus homers annually, but he's mechanical behind the plate and sloppy footwork detracts from his arm, which is average at best. Huber's plate discipline has taken a step forward this year, as he has hit .270/.402/.473 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs in 88 games, mostly in Double-A. He has thrown out just 14 of 72 basestealers (19 percent) in 2004. In 368 minor league games, he has hit .279/.387/.466 with 49 homers and 240 RBIs.


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Postby Arrowhead Nation » Sat Jul 31, 2004 12:00 pm

Sounds like if we change him to a corner OF then his stock may be even higher...I dont forsee him being our C. Buck is great defensively but has a weaker bat.

So why cant we clone the two and call him John Huber or Justin Buck, combine Huber's bat and Buck's glove?

That can be arranged, right! ;-)
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Jul 31, 2004 12:13 pm

He really struggled at the beginning of this year. Maybe because there was a lot of hype surrounding him. He performed so poorly for awhile at AA that Baseball America was writing nasty things about him and he was getting torched on various web sites that cover the Mets minor league system.

Then all of a sudden the guy got his act together and starting torching AA hitting. So much so that they moved him up to the AAA club but that may have had more to do with the preparation to trade him. He is going to be playing in the Olympics for Australia soon. Not sure how much coverage we'll get of the Australian team but I was hoping I might get to see him play.

Like was said above he has been viewed as a player with a good bat (for a catcher) and someone who could develop into a good defensive catcher.

These were the notes from ESPN after he got drafted: Plus offensive potential, including decent power, contact ability, and strike zone judgment. His defense is workable and improving, and he's just 20 years old.
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