It was only a few years ago that Jared Hughes looked like a guy who would wash out in the upper levels of the minors. The 2011 season was the fourth year where he spent time at the Double-A level. He had put up less than impressive numbers as a starting pitcher, and combined for a 4.09 ERA in 61.2 innings that season, spanning 13 appearances and 11 starts.
In the second half of the season he was moved up to Triple-A, and made an important move to the bullpen. Suddenly he looked like a prospect who could reach the majors, with a 2.11 ERA in 42.2 innings of relief. What was even better was his strikeout rate, which jumped to a 9.5 K/9, way up from the 4.8 K/9 in Altoona that same year as a starter. By the end of the season he was pitching in the majors, making 11 appearances in September....
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