Kicks off tomorrow. From an article on interesting plot lines:
The list of pitchers that are expected to suit up for Peoria this fall is certainly impressive, but one name quickly jumps out above the rest -- Phil Hughes. The young Yankee, upon whom so many expectations were placed this season, will head to Arizona looking to finish off the repair job on his reputation, which took a hit back in April.
Hughes spent much of the summer on the disabled list, so in all fairness, the hits he took weren't totally warranted. But upon his return to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in August, Hughes began to show why the Bombers thought so highly of him in the first place. He pitched brilliantly over his final two regular-season games for the Baby Bombers and then starred in the International League playoffs as the Yankees won their first Governors' Cup.
He was 1-0 in two playoff starts, that one win coming in the Cup-clinching game. He also started the clinching game in the opening round against Pawtucket, dueling Bartolo Colon in what was one of the season's most memorable games. Overall, he had a 0.69 ERA with 23 strikeouts and four walks in 13 playoff innings.
Hughes closed out the year with New York, pitching well in a pair of starts against Toronto and the White Sox. He allowed three runs in 12 innings, a pair of efforts that helped salve some of the season's ills. Now he'll have a chance to get in some extra work and put the finishing touches on his reputation restoration before shutting it down for the winter.