An 18-game winner and All-Star appearance with the New York Yankees. That is what a 24-year-old Phil Hughes was able to accomplish in 2010.
In a short amount of time, Hughes has already had an extremely eventful career.
It all began when he went down with a hamstring injury during a no-hit bid in the seventh inning as a rookie back in 2007, but he would then win his first career playoff game later in the year when he had to replace Roger Clemens, who had ironically also suffered a hamstring injury.
An oblique injury would cost him almost all of 2008, and then he was used as the setup man for almost all of 2009.
Finally getting a full year as a starter in 2010, Hughes took off going 11-2 with a 3.65 ERA in the first half of the year to earn a spot in the All-Star game. He was not nearly as effective in the second half of the year and finished at 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA. Still a terrific year.
In a continuing trend from the second half of last year, Hughes was just awful to begin 2011 and was forced to the DL with a "dead arm." His velocity was way down by about 4 mph, which is a little concerning.
Nevertheless, the young Yankee has a bright future ahead of him.