Australian infielder Luke Hughes came a long way to crack the major leagues with Twins

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Since: Jan 09

Grand Rapids, MN

#1 Apr 17, 2011
Can he play in the outfield? There is very little said about the Twins's outfield. But our pitchers are not served well by our below average play. We are a long way from days when we had guys like Brunansky, Puckett and Hunter back there. Damon's HR in the tenth would have been an out in the old days because It would have been caught,
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#2 Apr 17, 2011
Hughes is an interesting story and a guy that deserves his chance. Whether or not he gets a fair shot with the Twins is yet to be seen. He clearly outplayed Tolbert in Spring training, but got sent down anyway. If Tolbert is a better defensive guy for the utility role, then Hughes should start most games at 2nd while Nishioka heals.
Twinsfever

Padstow, Australia

#3 Apr 17, 2011
Gardy needs to keep giving Hughes ABs. He looks good, hits hard and will be worth the investment of opportunity. The Ks will come down and the onbase will go up.
Paul

Brisbane, Australia

#4 Apr 17, 2011
Great to see Luke Hughes getting some more time playing at the top of his sport. I was lucky enough to see him play here in Australia back in November during the ABL season when he was playing for the Perth Heat. He was a fantastic example of a player working hard to excell.

Keep up the good work Luke and I hope that we will get to see you playing Down Under again at the end of the year.

Go Aussie!

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