Continuing the strong relationship between North Adams and Texas-Pan American, freshman catcher Jacob Huckabay will look to anchor the backstopping duties for the SteepleCats this summer.
Huckabay has needed little time to adjust to the collegiate game, earning 40 appearances with 34 starts this spring while batting .243 on 33 hits while driving in 21 runs. Huckabay is no stranger to summer league baseball after playing for the Liberal Beejays (a wood-bat league) in 2012. The Bryan, Texas, native hit .292 with three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and five runs scored in seven games last summer.
In high school, Huckabay earned First Team All-District and All-Brazos Valley as a senior and was tabbed an Under Armor Pre-Season All-American three years in a row. He capped off his career batting .384 with five home runs while leading the district in RBI and walks and helped his high school team reach the regional finals for first time in 50 years.
The son of Jess – who ran track at the University of Houston – and Dena Huckabay, Jacob has one brother, J.T., who played baseball at Wayland Baptist University. He is pursuing a major in kinesiology.
2013 StatisticsYear AVG. GP-S AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SLG OBP SB-AT2013 .243 40-34 136 10 33 5 1 1 21 5 21 .316 .295 4-5
Favorite MLB Team: Detroit TigersFavorite Athlete: Albert PujolsFavorite Food: SpaghettiFavorite Movie: For The Love of the GameFavorite TV Show: Duck DynastyFavorite Athletic Moment: Hitting first home run at 10 years old