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Hiroshima Carp sign Justin Huber and Jeff Fiorentino

by on Dec.08, 2009 @ 10:50 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced on Tuesday that they signed Jeff Fiorentino (OF) and Justin Huber (INF).

Fiorentino gets a contract worth 40M yen plus incentives and a 10M yen signing bonus; Huber 40M yen plus incentives and a 5.5M yen signing bonus.

Fiorentino's 2009 stats (Baseball Cube - previous post on Fiorentino)

Org Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
BAL AA 7 23 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .087 .192 .130 322
BAL AAA 102 365 70 114 26 5 12 67 13 6 48 62 0 3 3 6 2 .312 .387 .510 897
BAL MLB 24 64 8 18 1 0 0 8 2 0 8 16 0 0 1 2 1 .281 .351 .297 648

Huber's 2009 stats (Baseball Cube - previous post on Huber):

Org Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF DP BA OBP SLG OPS
MIN AAA 121 440 60 120 22 2 22 76 4 3 51 84 9 1 0 6 16 .273 .356 .482 .838
MIN MLB 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000

=== UPDATE 1/28/2010 9:05pm JST

Huber was assigned the number 11 and Fiorentino the number 43.

Hiroshima Carp interested in Justin Huber

by on Nov.15, 2009 @ 2:52 am, under NPB
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The Carp are apparently interested in 27-year-old infielder Justin Huber.  Huber spent most of his 2009 season at AAA with the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins farm club).

With Kenta Kurihara likely moving over to third, Huber would project to be the team's starting first baseman.

Said Kenjiro Nomura, "He's got a compact swing and has power to be in the middle of the line-up.  He might not be the type of player that can do the little things, but you can usually count on him to work on picking things up."

Nomura had a chance to see Huber back in March 2008 during Spring Training when Huber was still with the Royals (I guess just before he was traded to the Padres).

Here are Huber's 2009 stats:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF DP BA OBP SLG OPS
121 440 60 120 22 2 22 76 4 3 51 84 9 1 0 6 16 .273 .356 .482 .838

Baseball Cube