He was once the biggest prospect in the Yankees farm system. His arrival in the Bronx was long-awaited. He went on to have an inconsistent career in pinstripes. He was basically a bust. He was Phil Hughes.
Now that Hughes has signed a free-agent deal with the Minnesota Twins, let's take a look back at his career as a Yankee, through posts here at Lady At The Bat, starting from the announcement of his arrival to his final horrific season:
On April 23, 2007 we received word that Phil Hughes would make his Major League debut later that week at Yankee Stadium-- The Hughes Corporation To Open On Thursday.
In that debut Hughes was beat, by AJ Burnett (!) and the Toronto Blue Jays-- AJ Burnett Buys The Hughes Corporation.
Three years later, he was trying to return to form after having been skipped over for a start, or, was he suffering fatigue from pitching too many innings? The post was called The Trouble With Phil Hughes.
Last year I wrote a post about Hughes preparing to face his future team, the Minnesota Twins. I wasn't optimistic-- When You (Phil) Hughes, You Lose?
And finally, in a start this past season, Hughes walked five batters, putting his chances of free agency success in jeopardy (Further jeopardy, I should say)-- Hughes Walks The Ballpark: Teams Walk Away?
And so, an era comes to an end. Thanks for the writing material, Phil. But, whoever shall I write about now?
Stupid question. This is a Yankees blog.