Althoff High School graduate Brett Huber, the all-time saves leader at the University of Mississippi, saw his dream of a getting a chance to play professional baseball realized Saturday when he was selected in the 31st round (936th overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers.
"Being drafted is something very special," said Huber, whose 38 saves are the record for Ole Miss and rank third all-time in the Southeastern Conference. "It's a blessing, something you dream about ever since you were a kid growing up. I am thankful for all of the people in my life who have supported me --my family, especially --to get to this step in my life."
Huber's brother, former Althoff and Eastern Illinois University standout Erik Huber, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played four years in the minor leagues from 2007 to 2010. The older Huber had a career batting average of .262 in the minors, with 17 home runs and 142 RBIs.
"My brother has been everything to me," Brett Huber said. "Watching him go about his career has been something special. My brother has taught me so much, how to respect the game and love it. My brother is my best friend and to be able to follow his footsteps in playing professional baseball is just something special."
Huber broke the school's career saves record with his first save this spring. He finished his senior year with a 3-2 record and 12 saves, compiling a 1.32 ERA while striking out 26 batters in 23 innings.
" I would have to say Ole Miss is one of the best places to go play college baseball," said Huber, who appreciated the huge crowds drawn by the Rebels for their home games. "It's an honor to have done the things I have there."
Huber said he is still unsure where he will be assigned to pitch this season, but is looking forward to the opportunity.
"The Tigers were one of the clubs I talked to," he said. "I talked to a good amount of clubs and all were very positive. It's extremely exciting."