Drafted Blue Devils: Robert Huber


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Back on June 7, Duke senior pitcher Robert Huber was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round as the No. 792 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.  (Yes. He was drafted before Johnny Manziel. Manziel was drafted in the 28th round as the No. 837 overall pick.)

Huber made his collegiate debut in 2011, making 16 pitching appearances, including seven starts. He boasted a record of 4-1 and had a 4.27 ERA, with wins against N.C. Central, LaSalle, Davidson, and Wofford. Over the season he pitched in 55.2 innings and had 40 strikeouts. After his freshman season, Huber was named to the All-ACC Academic Baseball Team and was an ACC Academic Honor Roll Selection.

Huber became Duke’s No. 3 starting pitcher for his sophomore season in 2012. He made 13 starts and made appearances in 14 games. He had a record of 4-6 with a 5.19 ERA. Over the season he pitched in 78 innings, which was the second-most on the squad that season. For one of his early season wins against Texas, Huber earned many honors. He was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and CBI Regional Pitcher of the Week. After the season, he was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

His junior season was an entertaining ride. He appeared in 16 games with 13 starts, which lead the team. He went 5-7 with a 4.85 ERA and threw 36 strikeouts. He also pitched two shutouts in his junior campaign. His first shutout of the season was the first shutout for Duke in nine years. He held right-handed batters to just a .219 batting average. He earned All-ACC Academic Team honors in the post season as well as being named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight season.

By the end of his career, Huber made his way into the Duke baseball record books. He is one of only three Blue Devils in program history to earn 10 or more saves in a single season. He’s also one of only four Duke pitchers to have recorded 10 or more saves alongside 15 or more wins in a career. Huber finished his collegiate career ranked in four pitching categories for Duke. He was ranked ninth in school history for wins (16), fifth in career saves (11), ninth in innings pitched (240.2) and 18th in strikeouts (172). He also threw his way into the ACC season charts. He had 10 saves on the season, ranking fourth in the conference. He made 28 mound appearances, ranking 13th in the conference. Huber ranked fifth in games finished with 22.

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