Then & Now is a weekly feature at Indians Baseball Insider during the offseason that takes a look at a player's past and present while also offering a possible glimpse into the player's future.
The year is 2006. George W. Bush is in the middle of his second term as the 43rd President of the United States. The University of Florida wins the National Championship in both football and basketball. And, on a much less prominent note, the Cleveland Indians select left-handed pitcher David Huff with the 39th overall pick of the 2006 MLB Draft.
Can you believe that it was just six and a half years ago that Huff joined the professional ranks of the Cleveland Indians. Huff may be just 28 years old, but he's certainly an old 28-year-old; it seems as if he has been a part of the Indians’ system for an eternity.
There have been positives along the road for Huff, but it’s safe to say that his performance has never reached the expectations often associated with the 39th overall draft pick.