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July 17, 2021 04:52 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Reinstated, optioned to Double-A
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The Rangers activated Huff (knee) from the 60-day injured list Saturday and optioned him to Double-A Frisco.

The catching prospect has been rehabbing in the minor leagues since June 28, hitting .244 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games. Tyler Phillips was designated for assignment Saturday to open a 40-man roster spot for Huff.

July 12, 2021 09:56 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Rehab moving to Frisco
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Huff (knee) will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Frisco on Tuesday, Chris Halicke of reports.

Huff began a rehab assignment with the ACL Rangers in late June and went 8-for-29 with three home runs across 29 at-bats. He'll now continue his time in the minors with Frisco. Huff may have a tough time cracking the Rangers' 26-man roster when he's ready to be activated, as Jonah Heim, John Hicks and Jose Trevino are (forearm) all on the 26-man roster or nearing a return from the IL.

July 4, 2021 10:56 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Launches 511-foot homer
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Huff (knee) hit a home run that measured 511 feet and was struck at 115 mph for the ACL Rangers on Friday, Nick Trujillo of reports.

Huff, who is at the Arizona Complex League, launched the homer during the fourth game of a rehab assignment. The long ball has been Huff's calling card -- he hit 28 homers over two minor-league stops in 2019, then muscled out three over 10 games for the Rangers in 2020. It's uncertain how long his stay in the ACL will be -- he's appeared in five games thus far -- or what the organization plans for his next step. Prior to Huff's MLB introduction in 2020, the highest level he reached was High-A for a 97-game stint.

June 28, 2021 05:08 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Begins rehab assignment
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Huff (knee) began a rehab assignment with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate Monday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Huff failed to make the Opening Day roster and then underwent knee surgery in late April. The length of his absence may mean he needs a longer rehab assignment than normal. He'll serve as the designated hitter Monday but should advance to catching soon.

May 5, 2021 01:08 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Shifts to 60-day IL
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Huff (knee) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was ruled out for eight weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a loose body from his knee in late April, so the move to the 60-day IL is unlikely to affect his return timeline. Huff could be back in late June or early July if all goes well in his recovery.

April 24, 2021 05:04 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Out eight weeks after knee surgery
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Huff (hamstring) underwent surgery to have a loose body removed from his knee and will be sidelined about eight weeks, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

The 23-year-old landed on the injured list with a hamstring injury to open the season, though he was also apparently battling a knee issue. It's expected to be about eight weeks before Huff will be cleared to hit in games, but his ability to handle a heavy workload behind the plate this season is currently up in the air.

April 1, 2021 03:28 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Lands on 10-day injured list
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Huff (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.

Huff always would have been an undergo to break camp in the big leagues, as he skipped the two highest levels of the minors to make his 10-game debut last season. A hamstring strain suffered early in camp seemingly took him out of the mix entirely. He's entering the home stretch of his recovery, but he'll likely head to the minor leagues once healthy.

March 30, 2021 08:08 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Enters final rehab stage
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Huff (hamstring) is progressing and entering the final stages of rehab, Kennedi Landry of reports.

Huff will undergo one more MRI before ramping up to full activity. The power-hitting catching prospect made his MLB debut during the shortened 2020 season but skipped Double- and Triple-A to do it. The Rangers may have Huff start the season in the minors while Jose Trevino and Jonah Heim handle catching duties for Texas.

March 9, 2021 11:16 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Cleared for light activity
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The Rangers announced Tuesday that Huff (hamstring) has recently resumed light baseball activities, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Huff still appears to be a ways off from taking full batting practice and defensive drills, so he could be placed on the 10-day injured list when the Rangers set their Opening Day roster. If that's the case, Jose Trevino and Jonah Heim would likely break camp as the Rangers' top two catchers.

February 24, 2021 08:40 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Injures hamstring
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Huff suffered a grade 2 hamstring strain while running the bases and will be shut down for two weeks, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Huff will rehab for the next two weeks before the team administers an MRI to determine the next steps. He was not expected to break camp with the Rangers and is now doubtful to get any meaningful at-bats in major-league camp. "Obviously it pushes everything back," manager Chris Woodward said. "It may not impact when we would have called him up, it may impact the amount of at-bats he has before we call him up... He still needs to get reps." Huff made his MLB debut last season when Texas fell out of contention, hitting .355 with three home runs and four RBI in 31 at-bats.

September 26, 2020 12:32 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Goes yard twice
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Huff went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Friday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Astros.

Huff went deep twice off Astros starter Jose Urquidy. Those were Huff's second and third homers of the year. The 22-year-old catcher is up to three RBI and four runs scored across 29 plate appearances, but he's also struck out nine times and walked just once.

September 23, 2020 07:08 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Collects two hits in loss
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Huff went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's 7-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

The Rangers are giving opportunities to young players over the final weeks of the season, and Huff was part of a lineup whose average age was 24 years, 145 days. Six of the nine players were rookies and three never played above High-A. It was also the first batting order that failed to produce a run this season. All of those facts should sound an alarm for anyone considering streaming a Texas starter over the final five game. Huff, who has hit safely in three straight games, has been alternating every other game along with veteran Jeff Mathis.

September 20, 2020 11:20 PM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Pops first big-league homer
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Huff went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the 7-2 win over the Angels on Sunday.

Huff took Patrick Sandoval deep for his first big-league long ball and RBI in the fourth inning. The backstop has slashed .188/.235/.438 since being promoted Sept. 10. It currently looks like he will continue sharing the catching duties with Jeff Mathis during the season's final week, though his playing time could be reduced if Jose Trevino (wrist) is able to return from the injured list.

September 12, 2020 09:00 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Makes debut
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Huff went 0-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 10-6 loss to the Athletics.

Huff made his MLB debut Friday and it was immediately a busy night for the rookie. Game opener Luis Garcia walked the first three batters before ceding a grand slam, and primary pitcher Jordan Lyles gave up another four runs over the next two innings. The Rangers need Huff with Jose Trevino (wrist) on the injured list and plan to use him regularly as long as Trevino is sidelined. With a doubleheader scheduled Saturday, he should be in the lineup for at least one of those games.

September 10, 2020 11:24 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Contract selected
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Huff will be added to the Rangers' roster prior to Thursday's game against the Angels, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The Rangers would have had to add Huff to the 40-man roster this offseason anyway, so they are going to do so a few months early so that they can get a look at him against big-league pitching. Huff's 70-grade raw power is impressive by any standards, let alone compared to other catching prospects. However, he has typically logged horrific BB/K rates (0.16 at Low-A, 0.23 at High-A) and has never played above High-A, so it would be surprising if he does much more than ambush the occassional meatball during this cup of coffee. Jose Trevino (wrist) could be headed to the injured list in a corresponding move, so it would be Huff and Jeff Mathis splitting time behind the dish in the short term.

September 11, 2020 10:16 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Considered for callup
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Huff could be called up to the active roster with Jose Trevino (wrist) expected to miss at least a few games, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

The Rangers will be without a second catcher for a few games, and Huff is a possibility to be called up. Texas manager Chris Woodward said the team would consider Huff, but it is not going to bring him up if he doesn't play consistently. Huff doesn't have experience above High-A, but the team has shown a willingness to give young players a chance in September. The organization also has veterans Tim Federowicz and Nick Ciuffo at the alternate camp.

June 29, 2020 09:36 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Lands in player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

April 17, 2020 10:44 AM
Rangers' Sam Huff: Shows off power stroke
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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2016R-AZL Rangers28971932101117162900.330.436.484
2017R-AZL Rangers49197344992931246632.249.329.452
2018AFX-Hickory Crawdads1184155310022318552314091.241.292.439
2019AFX-Hickory Crawdads30108223650152963741.333.368.796
2019AFA-Down East Wood Ducks97367499617213432711725.262.326.425

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