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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 22)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
65.3 5.35 1.43 37 4 5 0 -0.4
Birth Date7-20-1994
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age23 years, 0 months, 1 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2012 CUB Rk 5 5 8.7 0 1 0 7 6 7 1 .283 94 7.3 6.2 1.0 7.3 56% .231 .308 1.50 6.64 5.19 110 6.13 115.6
2013 BOI A- 14 11 54.3 3 4 0 62 27 36 4 .268 104 10.3 4.5 0.7 6.0 58% .310 .316 1.64 4.77 4.97 118 6.79 119.5
2014 KNC A 22 21 100.7 6 4 0 85 36 84 10 .261 96 7.6 3.2 0.9 7.5 50% .273 .246 1.20 4.41 2.50 102 4.83 106.9
2015 MYR A+ 14 14 73.3 6 3 0 52 24 48 6 .254 99 6.4 2.9 0.7 5.9 55% .223 .228 1.04 4.15 2.58 105 4.85 108.0
2015 CUB Rk 2 2 5.0 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 .272 93 5.4 0.0 0.0 10.8 50% .250 .117 0.60 1.40 0.00 87 2.89 92.9
2016 SBN A 3 3 8.7 0 1 0 5 4 12 0 .263 100 5.2 4.2 0.0 12.5 44% .278 .199 1.04 2.09 2.08 87 2.77 93.7
2016 MYR A+ 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 .258 91 5.8 0.0 0.0 3.9 47% .200 .150 0.64 3.32 1.93 97 4.93 108.8
2016 TEN AA 13 13 58.7 0 5 0 66 31 46 7 .266 98 10.1 4.8 1.1 7.1 48% .317 .298 1.65 5.08 4.91 112 7.14 123.4
2016 CUB Rk 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .242 110 9.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 50% .500 .176 1.00 0.11 0.00 90 2.99 95.2
2016 MSS Wnt 2 2 6.0 0 1 0 8 2 5 2 .000 12.0 3.0 3.0 7.5 0% .316 .000 1.67 7.94 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2017 TEN AA 17 16 88.0 9 4 0 89 38 64 9 .262 95 9.1 3.9 0.9 6.5 43% .299 .284 1.44 4.45 5.01 115 7.12 174.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-03 2014-06-15 Minors 12 0 - Not Disclosed -
2014-04-02 2014-04-13 Minors 11 0 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 11/18/16. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2012 (2-67) (Pope HS, Marietta, Ga.). $1.05M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 5.6 4.9 0 18 18 80.5 67 33 43 10 .231 1.24 4.43 4.69 4.4 0.5
80o 4.9 4.8 0 16 16 73.4 66 32 39 9 .245 1.34 4.84 5.14 0.5 0.1
70o 4.5 4.7 0 15 15 68.6 65 32 37 9 .255 1.41 5.15 5.48 -2.0 -0.2
60o 4.1 4.6 0 14 14 64.5 64 31 35 9 .263 1.48 5.41 5.77 -3.8 -0.4
50o 3.7 4.5 0 14 14 60.7 63 31 33 9 .271 1.54 5.66 6.05 -5.4 -0.6
40o 3.4 4.4 0 13 13 57.1 61 30 31 9 .280 1.61 5.92 6.33 -6.8 -0.7
30o 3 4.3 0 12 12 53.3 60 30 29 9 .288 1.68 6.20 6.64 -8.1 -0.9
20o 2.7 4.1 0 11 11 49.0 58 29 26 8 .299 1.77 6.54 7.01 -9.3 -1.0
10o 2.2 3.9 0 10 10 43.2 55 27 23 8 .313 1.89 7.02 7.54 -10.6 -1.2
Weighted Mean3.74.40131360.06130329.2691.535.636.01-5.1-0.6

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2018235802121125113891111843.3001.625.586.408.26.48.01.3-0.9
201924711028281741581081532343.3001.535.155.918.25.67.91.2-0.5
2020255902323138127861312043.3081.545.175.938.35.68.51.3-0.4
20212661002626151135931392243.2981.515.195.968.15.68.31.3-0.5
2022273401212716740651143.3081.515.145.908.55.18.21.4-0.2
202328240101056553649943.3121.625.526.348.85.87.91.4-0.4
202429340111168643957943.3061.525.005.748.55.27.61.2-0.1
202530470181810898541002043.2901.405.366.158.14.58.31.7-0.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 92)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 97 Alex Cobb 2010 0.00 DNP
2 97 Garrett Gould 2014 0.00 DNP
3 97 Trevor Reckling 2011 0.00 DNP
4 96 Jarred Cosart 2012 0.00 DNP
5 96 Matt Harrison 2008 6.13
6 95 Robert Gsellman 2016 2.56
7 95 Matt Magill 2012 0.00 DNP
8 95 Jon Moscot 2014 0.00 DNP
9 95 Ryan Webb 2008 0.00 DNP
10 95 Scott Barnes 2010 0.00 DNP
11 95 Manuel Rivera 2012 0.00 DNP
12 95 Jason Adam 2014 0.00 DNP
13 95 Oswaldo Sosa 2008 0.00 DNP
14 95 Zach Eflin 2016 5.97
15 94 Colton Cain 2013 0.00 DNP
16 94 Ruben Alaniz 2013 0.00 DNP
17 94 Deolis Guerra 2011 0.00 DNP
18 94 Nicholas Struck 2012 0.00 DNP
19 94 Matt Anderson 2014 0.00 DNP
20 94 Robbie Ray 2014 8.16
21 93 Giovanni Soto 2013 0.00 DNP
22 93 Omar Poveda 2010 0.00 DNP
23 93 Chase DeJong 2016 0.00 DNP
24 93 Luis Marte 2009 0.00 DNP
25 93 Chorye Spoone 2008 0.00 DNP
26 93 Tim Alderson 2011 0.00 DNP
27 93 Carlos Pimentel 2012 0.00 DNP
28 93 Ben Snyder 2008 0.00 DNP
29 93 Archie Bradley 2015 5.80
30 93 Zachary Jemiola 2016 0.00 DNP
31 93 Joe Ross 2015 3.87
32 93 Jorge Bucardo 2012 0.00 DNP
33 93 Richelson Pena 2016 0.00 DNP
34 93 Jeanmar Gomez 2010 5.62
35 92 Mike Foltynewicz 2014 5.30
36 92 Zeke Spruill 2012 0.00 DNP
37 92 Alex Torres 2010 0.00 DNP
38 92 Dan Cortes 2009 0.00 DNP
39 92 Kyle Lobstein 2012 0.00 DNP
40 92 Tyler Herron 2009 0.00 DNP
41 92 Matt Lollis 2013 0.00 DNP
42 92 Ian Krol 2013 3.95
43 92 Jose Urena 2014 0.00 DNP
44 92 Robert Bundy 2012 0.00 DNP
45 92 Brady Lail 2016 0.00 DNP
46 92 Vance Worley 2010 1.38
47 92 Enny Romero 2013 0.00
48 92 Ross Seaton 2012 0.00 DNP
49 91 Nick Travieso 2016 0.00 DNP
50 91 Wilfredo Boscan 2012 0.00 DNP
51 91 Steve Garrison 2009 0.00 DNP
52 91 Tommy Mendoza 2010 0.00 DNP
53 91 J.C. Ramirez 2011 0.00 DNP
54 91 Keury Mella 2016 0.00 DNP
55 91 Collin Balester 2008 5.96
56 91 Nicholas Bucci 2013 0.00 DNP
57 91 Zach Phillips 2009 0.00 DNP
58 91 Matt Heidenreich 2013 0.00 DNP
59 91 Sean Watson 2008 0.00 DNP
60 91 Chuck Lofgren 2008 0.00 DNP
61 91 Justin Nicolino 2014 0.00 DNP
62 91 Clayton Cook 2013 0.00 DNP
63 91 Gabriel Ynoa 2015 0.00 DNP
64 91 Henry Sosa 2008 0.00 DNP
65 91 Trey McNutt 2012 0.00 DNP
66 91 Chris Archer 2011 0.00 DNP
67 91 Anthony Swarzak 2008 0.00 DNP
68 91 Severino Gonzalez 2015 7.92
69 91 Yorman Bazardo 2007 2.66
70 91 Brett Marshall 2012 0.00 DNP
71 90 Teddy Stankiewicz 2016 0.00 DNP
72 90 Jeurys Familia 2012 5.84
73 90 Yohan Almonte 2012 0.00 DNP
74 90 Jayson Aquino 2015 0.00 DNP
75 90 Lucas Sims 2016 0.00 DNP
76 90 Anthony Ortega 2008 0.00 DNP
77 90 Paul Demny 2012 0.00 DNP
78 90 Kasey Kiker 2010 0.00 DNP
79 90 James Houser 2007 0.00 DNP
80 90 Robert Whalen 2016 7.30
81 90 Raul Alcantara 2015 0.00 DNP
82 90 Helmis Rodriguez 2016 0.00 DNP
83 90 Aliangel Lopez 2016 0.00 DNP
84 90 Kelvin Villa 2008 0.00 DNP
85 90 Adam Ottavino 2008 0.00 DNP
86 90 Greg Reynolds 2008 8.42
87 89 Zack Wheeler 2012 0.00 DNP
88 89 J.C. Sulbaran 2012 0.00 DNP
89 89 Jon Kibler 2009 0.00 DNP
90 89 Blake Beavan 2011 4.27
91 89 Tyler Matzek 2013 0.00 DNP
92 89 Michael O'Brien 2012 0.00 DNP
93 89 Nick Additon 2010 0.00 DNP
94 89 Clayton Tanner 2010 0.00 DNP
95 89 Scott Diamond 2009 0.00 DNP
96 89 Shawn Morimando 2015 0.00 DNP
97 89 Eduardo Rodriguez 2015 4.07
98 89 Kelvin De La Cruz 2011 0.00 DNP
99 89 Edgar Garcia 2010 0.00 DNP
100 89 Michael Fulmer 2015 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Elbow inflammation kept Underwood to just 16 starts last year, but the limited playing time did not curb expectations for one of the Cubs' top arms. He features three strong pitches—fastball, curve and change—and has limited competition on his way up a Cubs system that features few high-level pitching prospects. The points of concern: Underwood has not maintained very high strikeout rates and he has struggled to stay healthy. How quickly he addresses those issues will determine how quickly you see him in Chicago. Or, not to be pessimistic except TINSTAAPP and all, whether you see him in Chicago.
2015 Underwood has some of the best stuff in the Cubs' system, but he came into his first spring training out of shape and unmotivated. After a rough season, Underwood realized that talent alone wasn't going to get him where he wanted to be, unless where he wanted to be was at Sears selling Lady Kenmores. He showed up focused and in shape in 2014 and carried that positive approach into the season. Reducing his walk rate to respectable levels might have been his biggest accomplishment because scouts have long questioned his command (stemming from difficulties repeating his delivery), not his stuff. Underwood features a mid-90s fastball with solid movement, a strong curveball and a developing changeup that could become a plus pitch. His profile still screams potential over polish: The promise of a mid-rotation starter is clearly there, but he's still a few years of development away from fulfilling it.
2013 The Cubs were able to lure 2012 second-rounder Duane Underwood away from a commitment to Georgia with an over-slot $1.05 million bonus.

BP Articles

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2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2017-01-16
2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsJeffrey Paternostro2017-01-16
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 6thChristopher Crawford2016-06-07
2016 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2016-03-10
2016 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-03-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2017 and BeyondBen Carsley2016-02-29
Monday Morning Ten Pack: Next Year's RisersBP Prospect Staff2016-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: August 21, 2015Craig Goldstein2015-08-21
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Trade Game: Johnny CuetoBaseball Prospectus2015-07-15
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pick two to round out dynasty keepers on the farm: Dustin May, Duane Underwood, Mark Appel, Thyago Viera, Adalberto Mejia, Franchy Cordero. Thanks!
(Steve from Wilmington)
My Dustin May love is well known. The rest of that list is uh, something. Mejia I guess. Ben is psychically sending me messages to tell you not to roster prospect relievers in a dynasty league. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?
(Randy from Iowa)
Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a fan of Duane Underwood? Can he be a mid rotation or better starter?
(toosight from Jersey)
I am, and certainly. Three above-average pitches, improving command. Would like to see him miss a few more bats, of course, but he's only 21 and the stuff seems to get better each year. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Duane Underwood a top 100 guy prior to his undisclosed injury?
(Mike from San Antonio)
I have a feeling we'll have some guys make a case for him on the 101. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Duane Underwood? Putting together another great start tonight. Seems to be flying under the radar.
(Grizz from Chi)
TINSTAAUCP (There is no such thing as an underrated Cubs prospect) (Ben Carsley)
2015-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alright - Futures/other MiLB for that matter. For pitchers, whom would you point to as someone whose results are lagging behind their stuff, and conversely, who's getting it done without a big time out pitch?
(DBITLefty from leaving gym)
well, I am a Cubs fan so two guys come to mind from that org. Duane Underwood, the Ks will come next, and Jeremy Null, he's doing very well in the MWL but he's not any kind of stuff guy that I can tell. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)My two favorite and kind of obscure prospect pitchers are Duane Underwood and Brent Honeywell...Underwood didn't even make the BP top-10 Cubs article. What are your thoughts on both of them and their ceilings/ETA's?
(Tim from Ohio)
I'll see Honeywell this Friday so look for a full writeup on him soon. Underwood has a lot of things that I like, fastball/curveball combo that can be plus, quick arm action and a change he's developing the feel for. I think Underwood has the highest ceiling of any Cubs MiLB arm and it wouldn't surprise me to see him high in the top ten next year, if he's still in the org. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time we all gave up on Alberto Tirado? Is Duane Underwood legit coming off a solid season in A ball?
(Gravybill1 from PA)
I've address Tirado already, but I'll take Underwood. Is he a legitimately interesting prospect? Sure, but I'm not thinking of him as anything more than a potential back end guy right now. He's not likely to be a fast mover, either. He's a name to know, but not someone worth frothing at the mouth over. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Was Duane Underwood in consideration?
(James from CA)
Nope. Good season for Underwood, but to my mind a lot of it was building back value he had lost since the draft. Back on track as a potential mid-rotation arm but there are still questions about consistency (particularly with the breaking ball) and how he'll show against more advanced competition. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What were the improvements Duane Underwood made this season and what future steps does he have to take in order to reach his #2/3 potential?
(Pelecos from Chicago)
Body looked better, velocity was back closer to what he flashed pre-draft, and overall execution was a little more consistent. I viewed the progress more as getting back on track to where we expected him to be when acquired than a large developmental step forward. He needs to improve the consistency of his breaking ball, which still lags and has not manifested in the regular plus form we hoped to see when he was flashing bite and depth on the high school/travel circuit. Also needs to start putting developmental focus on the change. Command/control still below average. Fair amount of clean-up still to come. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Are jacob hanneman and Duane Underwood legit prospects?
(MKPJ from chicago)
I saw Duane Underwood last night, he's legit. Works in the mid 90s and flashes solid secondary offerings. I'll be writing him up in the near future.

Hannemann I am not sold on at all. Only saw the speed in game, everything else was lacking. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the current and former KC Cougar starting pitchers - Jen-Ho Tseng, Paul Blackburn, Daury Torrez, Duane Underwood and Juan Paniagua (no need to ask about Tyler Skulina as I know he'd be at the bottom of your list)?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Tseng, Underwood, Blackburn, Torrez, Paniagua, Skulina (yeah I don't like Tyler much) (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood: Which intriguing Cubs low-A pitcher do you prefer?
(msquared from usa)
Tseng right now, but I can see Underwood growing up and taking over that spot in my heart. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Much has been made among CHC fans about their Big 4 prospects(Baez, Almora, Bryant, Soler),which guys in the 5-10 range in their system intrigue you most?Btw, is Olt redeemable?
(Matt from Chicago)
Mike Olt is absolutely redeemable. I still believe in his ability to be a very good everyday player. As for the 5-10 range, I like the progress scouts reported seeing with Dillon Maples this year. The addition of CJ Edwards and having guys like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson make for some quality depth outside of the top four guys. (Mark Anderson)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you surprised at Kyle Hendricks success this season at AA for Tennessee (Cubs) and should he be considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects?
(Mike from Illinois)
The Cubs are obviously very bat-heavy in their system, and many of the top arms are either hurt (Vizcaino) or at the lower levels (Pierce Johnson in Low-A, Dillon Maples in Low-A, Duane Underwood in extended spring). So by default Hendricks is one of their better arms at the upper levels.

There's nothing too sexy about Hendricks, but he can really pitch, so I'm not surprised he's having success this year. I saw Hendricks a couple times last year in Myrtle Beach. Haven't gotten a report on him last year but here's what I saw – located and mixed deep arsenal very well. Not a lot of life on anything but sat 87-91-ish with his fastball but showed the ability to pop 92-93 and the occasional 94 when needed. Very deceptive changeup that also didn't have a lot of movement. He also had a cut-slider and big get-me-over curveball. The stuff is very fringe and it's probably a no. 5 starter at best, but he can locate and mix, so that gives him a shot. (Jason Cole)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I came upon a note in Jason's Top 10 Prospects list for the Cubs system, that Duane Underwood's "arm works well, but low pickup and drag force it to go a long way." Those words weren't yours, but I'm wondering if you have any insight on them. I feel the same way when watching a number of current big-leaguers (if I'm reading this right), where they have fast and loose arms, but waste motion on the back side of their delivery and seem to lengthen their arm action in doing so. Does this pose any added risk of injury, ineffectiveness, or inconsistency?
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
I am not as bothered by "long" arm action, other than the potential to complicate the timing sequence. It is the high-speed portion of rotation that places the most stress on the arm, so I care more about the arm path once the rotational elements kick into gear. It's kinda like worrying about a hitter's hands before he gets into the loaded position – just because it looks funny doesn't mean that it's dysfunctional.

On the jukebox: Colin Hay, "Overkill" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the most interesting Cub prospect besides Baez, Almora, Soler and Vizcaino?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Duane Underwood or Dillon Maples. (Jason Parks)


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