Twins Designate Luke Hughes For Assignment

The Twins have designated infielder Luke Hughes for assignment, the team announced. The move creates room on the roster for Jason Marquis, who was recalled after opening the season in the minors.

Hughes, 27, has hit .224/.285/.342 in 335 career plate appearances. He's spent time at every infield spot other than shortstop and is a .268/.330/.419 career hitter in the minors. Hughes is out of options and could not be sent to the minors without first clearing waivers.

Marquis will be making his first start for the Twins tonight. He made a pair of tune-up starts at Double-A after spending time away from the team because his daughter was in a bicycle accident near the end of Spring Training.

12 Responses to Twins Designate Luke Hughes For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. Yep, he’s a goner.  This is a mistake. 

    • 0vercast 3 years ago

      Yep, my exact words when I read the title.  “He’s a goner.”

  2. johnsilver 3 years ago

    I have a question regarding him.. What was he doing on the 25 man anyway? Why wasn’t Tsuyoshi Nishioka on it? Just looked and he was playing for their Rochester AAA team. Has he been that bad for them?

    • game_7_1991 3 years ago

      Hughes had a strong spring in Fl.  Nishi sucked and continues to suck at the AAA level. 

    • Bernaldo 3 years ago

      Nishioka was arguably the worst player in MLB last year.  He could not hit and he could not field.  He had an awful spring training this year and should have been released.  The Twins coaches have tried to teach him to be an infielder and hitter but to no avail.  He is simply not a big league ball player and that was evident to all who watched him last year. 

  3. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    I can see a whole host of teams with an interest in him.  Who will stake the claim?

  4. I’m curious. Why did they pick Burroughs over Hughes? Burroughs is probably better defensively at 3B, but thats all he has over Hughes.

    • nick1538 3 years ago

      Look at their career lines:
      Burroughs: 279/336/356
      Hughes: 224/285/342

      Of course, most of Burroughs AB were 2002 and 2003, but he still put up those numbers.  Hughes’ minor league numbers don’t show he can hit at that level.  He is also 27, so he should have hit his prime by now. 

  5. Twins were better off keeping him than a 5th OF like Clete Thomas.

    But that’s why they’re in the position they are

  6. nick1538 3 years ago

    I like Hughes, but it is not like the Twins are losing a potential all-star.  He is a slightly better than replacement level player.  If anything, this clears the way for the eventual promotion of Brian Dozier.  Dozier at SS, Carroll at 2B with Alexi Casilla as backup MI/pinch runner should prove to be better than Carroll at SS, Casilla at 2B and Hughes/Plouffe as backup MI. 

  7. WillieWildkat 3 years ago

    He’s really proving his worth in Oakland. Three errors in two games, and little O.  A’s may be sending him back….

  8. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    I would kind of like to see him on the Astros as well, but could see him as a fit on the O’s as well.

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