Huff was added to the Rangers' 60-man player pool Sunday. Huff, who is not on the 40-man roster, blew up in 2019 when he swatted a combined 28 home runs and knocked in 72 runs for Low-A Hickory and High-A Down East. He maintained an exit velocity of 91 MPH -- the MLB average was 88.1 -- per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. The 6-foot-5 Huff may not remain a catcher as he moves forward, but his power potential is intriguing enough for the Rangers to find him a home. He's played first base in each of the last two seasons, but the Rangers are not currently planning a position shift. It's unlikely he'll get an opportunity to face MLB pitchers in 2020, but the Rangers will have him work with an established backstop, like Jeff Mathis, so that he can further his development behind the dish.
Huff hit a combined .278/.335/.509 with 28 home runs between Low-A Hickory and High-A Down East over 127 games in 2019. Huff was a big mover in the organization, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. He was off the radar prior to 2019, but his power warranted an early promotion to Down East, and he won the MVP at the All-Star Futures Game in July. He moved to the second-ranked Rangers prospect per MLB Pipeline while Baseball America pegs him at No. 99 on their top-100 list. The big-time power is the skill that grabs the most attention, but he strikes out a ton and is still a work in progress as a receiver, particularly at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. That's big for a catcher. The Rangers plan to have him open at Double-A Frisco, where he will be managed by former MLB catcher Bobby Wilson.