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John Rhyne Hughes (born September 9, 1983) is a Major League Baseball first baseman currently playing in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

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Early life

Born in Picayune, Mississippi, Hughes attended Picayune High School, before matriculating at Pearl River Community College. During his final college season, he hit .404 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs in only 171 at-bats[1], while pitching 23.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA, striking out 25 and walking 6[2]. In the 2004 MLB Draft, he was selected in the 8th round (225th overall) by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, receiving a $275,000 signing bonus.

Minor league career

On August 8, 2009, the Orioles traded catcher Gregg Zaun to the Rays for cash or a player to be named later.[3] A week later, the Orioles announced that Hughes was the player that would complete the trade.[4] In five seasons in the minor leagues, Hughes has hit .281 with 71 HR and 299 RBI in 2138 at-bats, with an OPS of .808.[5] Hughes was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster in November 2009, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft.[6]

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