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Luke Hughes

Hughes playing for the Perth Heat in the 2009 Claxton Shield Final on February 7, 2009.
Minnesota Twins — No. 57
Infielder
Born: August 2, 1984 (1984-08-02) (age 25)
Perth, Australia
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Luke Hughes (born 2 August 1984, in Perth, Australia) is an Australian baseball player with the Minnesota Twins organisation.

After a solid 2001-2002 season in the International Baseball League of Australia, Hughes was named as the All-Star second baseman. He was then signed to the Minnesota Twins early 2002. He debuted professionally a year later with the GCL Twins, reaching base safely in 19 straight games at one point. He named in the Gulf Coast League All-Star team at third base. Also that year he helped the Perth Heat win the 2003 Claxton Shield with a .429 batting average.

In 2004, he moved to the Elizabethton Twins and played second base. He also won the Golden Glove in the 2004 Claxton Shield.

He then debuted for Australia in the 2005 Baseball World Cup where he batted dismally with 1 from 15. Again he played in the 2006 World Baseball Classic going 0 from 3. In 2006 he picked up his form in the Intercontinental Cup, the Australian batted .455 and slugged .755. In 5 games at second and four at third, he was error-free.

Hughes hit .333 for Australia in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. Hughes tied a game against the Dutch national team with a 9th-inning sacrifice fly. Against the Venezuelan national team, Luke cracked a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to win the game. He broke open a tie game against Team Canada in the top of the 9th with a double and the go-ahead run. America's Jayson Nix beat him out for All-Star honors at second base in the tournament.

After two great seasons with the New Britain Rock Cats and appearances for the 2007 and 2008 Eastern League All-Star team he was promoted to AAA with the Rochester Red Wings. He also played in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game and was the only Australian that played for the World team.

As of July 10, 2009, Hughes was back with the New Britain Rock Cats.

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