June 7, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn baseball has announced the signing of Chris Huseby out of Stuart, Fla., to join the Tigers for the 2007 season.
A right handed pitcher from Martin County High School, Huseby was drafted in the 11th round by the Chicago Cubs (pick #329 overall) during the first day of the 2006 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
A 6-foot-7, 220 lbs. pitcher/outfielder for Martin County, he was the Co-MVP and Best Pitcher in 2004, rising all the way to a Junior National Olympic Team selection before undergoing arm surgery in March of 2005. This season he was named the Comeback Player of the Year and is currently playing summer ball with the Georgia Stars.
Coached by Jerry Smith at Martin County, Huseby was dominant in 2004, going 5-2 with a 1.10 ERA in 51.0 innings, walking just 10 before getting injured. After his return, he helped Martin Country reach the Class 5A Region 4 finals in 2006.
"Chris is a great addition to our signing class. He was one of the top pitching prospects in the country before undergoing surgery after his junior year," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "Butch (Thompson) did a great job of staying in touch with and monitoring Chris after the surgery."