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Collin McHugh PAstros

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
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Birth Date6-19-1987
Height6' 2"
Weight195 lbs
Age27 years, 1 months, 11 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2012 NYN 25 8 4 21.3 16.3 5.0 0 4 0 0 1 0 99 27 21 18 5 57 8 6 2 17 7.59 6.00 6.23 -0.9 -0.1
2013 COL 26 4 4 19.0 19.0 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 91 33 21 21 4 54 2 2 0 8 9.95 5.23 6.83 -1.4 -0.2
2013 NYN 26 3 1 7.0 4.0 3.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 34 12 8 8 2 21 3 3 0 3 10.29 7.16 6.61 -2.0 -0.2
2014 HOU 27 15 15 88.7 88.7 0.0 4 9 0 0 7 0 366 65 39 34 10 113 34 33 5 102 3.45 3.65 4.01 11.5 1.3
Career3024136.0128.08.04170080590137898121245474471305.364.424.937.20.8

Advanced

'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 FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 KNG Rk 12 8 41.0 6.28 64 .280 .264 .336 .402 .267 .341 97 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2009 BRO A- 14 14 75.0 3.45 112 .226 .243 .321 .338 .253 .302 90 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2010 SAV A 28 20 132.3 4.41 89 .269 .256 .323 .380 .262 .339 89 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2011 SLU A+ 9 6 35.7 4.72 106 .280 .258 .331 .374 .257 .411 106 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
2011 BIN AA 18 16 93.3 3.37 124 .229 .257 .325 .389 .268 .302 93 19.6 2.0 20.9 2.3
2012 NYN MLB 8 4 21.3 6.23 48 .356 .260 .317 .406 .259 .328 95 -1.1 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2012 BIN AA 12 12 74.7 3.79 117 .224 .262 .327 .398 .262 .278 103 11.5 1.2 12.4 1.3
2012 BUF AAA 13 13 73.7 4.84 98 .240 .256 .322 .387 .251 .256 101 5.0 0.5 3.8 0.4
2013 COL MLB 4 4 19.0 6.83 58 .331 .256 .311 .390 .253 .377 119 -2.0 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2013 NYN MLB 3 1 7.0 6.61 29 .407 .241 .290 .354 .239 .385 95 -1.7 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2013 TUL AA 2 2 13.0 3.02 124 .152 .251 .299 .381 .248 .250 92 2.4 0.3 2.0 0.2
2013 CSP AAA 9 9 46.7 4.02 120 .250 .271 .336 .409 .266 .355 106 11.0 1.1 10.9 1.1
2013 LVG AAA 9 9 53.3 4.01 126 .240 .272 .348 .430 .275 .329 114 13.2 1.3 14.0 1.4
2014 HOU MLB 15 15 88.7 4.01 107 .239 .260 .321 .401 .266 .256 102 11.5 1.3 11.5 1.3
2014 OKL AAA 5 3 19.0 3.65 127 .208 .267 .325 .412 .259 .263 100 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 KNG Rk 0 0 1 12 8 41.0 47 16 41 5 58% .341 10.3 3.5 1.1 9.0 1.54 4.17 1.5 0.1
2009 BRO A- 8 2 0 14 14 75.0 61 21 79 1 49% .302 7.3 2.5 0.1 9.5 1.09 2.76 8.5 0.9
2010 SAV A 7 8 1 28 20 132.3 139 38 129 7 59% .339 9.5 2.6 0.5 8.8 1.34 3.33 7.3 0.7
2011 BIN AA 8 2 2 18 16 93.3 78 32 100 2 44% .302 7.5 3.1 0.2 9.6 1.18 2.89 20.9 2.3
2011 SLU A+ 1 2 1 9 6 35.7 47 14 39 3 51% .411 11.9 3.5 0.8 9.8 1.71 6.31 3.9 0.4
2012 BUF AAA 2 4 0 13 13 73.7 60 29 70 8 50% .256 7.3 3.5 1.0 8.6 1.21 3.42 3.8 0.4
2012 BIN AA 5 5 0 12 12 74.7 63 17 65 4 47% .278 7.6 2.0 0.5 7.8 1.07 2.41 12.4 1.3
2012 NYN MLB 0 4 0 8 4 21.3 27 8 17 5 39% .328 11.4 3.4 2.1 7.2 1.64 7.59 -0.9 -0.1
2013 TUL AA 1 1 0 2 2 13.0 9 0 12 1 48% .250 6.2 0.0 0.7 8.3 0.69 1.38 2.0 0.2
2013 CSP AAA 2 2 0 9 9 46.7 52 14 47 2 45% .355 10.0 2.7 0.4 9.1 1.41 4.63 10.9 1.1
2013 LVG AAA 3 2 0 9 9 53.3 57 13 41 3 47% .329 9.6 2.2 0.5 6.9 1.31 2.87 14.0 1.4
2013 NYN MLB 0 1 0 3 1 7.0 12 3 3 2 50% .385 15.4 3.9 2.6 3.9 2.14 10.29 -2.0 -0.2
2013 COL MLB 0 3 0 4 4 19.0 33 2 8 4 40% .377 15.6 0.9 1.9 3.8 1.84 9.95 -1.4 -0.2
2014 OKL AAA 0 0 0 5 3 19.0 15 6 13 0 33% .263 7.1 2.8 0.0 6.2 1.11 3.79 3.8 0.4
2014 HOU MLB 4 9 0 15 15 88.7 65 34 102 10 44% .256 6.6 3.5 1.0 10.4 1.12 3.45 11.5 1.3

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
2012 388 0.4536 0.4691 0.8132 0.6193 0.3443 0.8257 0.7945 0.1813
2013 435 0.5310 0.5080 0.8326 0.6580 0.3382 0.8487 0.7971 0.1674
2014 1489 0.5097 0.4734 0.7429 0.6311 0.3082 0.8184 0.5822 0.2543
Career23120.50430.47920.77160.63420.31990.82530.65830.2257

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-07 2014-07-27 15-DL 20 14 Right Fingers Avulsion Middle Finger Nail -
2014-06-09 2014-06-13 DTD 4 4 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 HOU $
2013 NYN $
2012 NYN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 97 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Houston 3/6/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/13. Acquired by Colorado in trade 6/19/13 after being DFA by NY Mets 6/16/13. Claimed by Houston off waivers 12/18/13 after being DFA by Colorado 12/17/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by NY Mets 8/22/12.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2008 (18-554) (Berry, Ga.).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .417 .447 .788 .401
11 vs R (Multi) .333 .366 .554 .306
18 Split (Multi) .083 .080 .234 .095
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .438 .460 .792 .398
31 vs R (2013) .353 .370 .544 .305
38 Split (2013) .085 .090 .248 .093
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Articles

Collin McHugh is referenced in the following articles.

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This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Outta NowhereDoug Thorburn2014-07-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 17Wilson Karaman2014-07-18
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: The Stealth StealsR.J. Anderson2014-07-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: 10 Crazy Predictions Fantasy Writers Should Have MadeMike Gianella2014-07-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Edwin Ends OneChris Mosch2014-07-03
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Edwin Ends OneDaniel Rathman2014-07-03
Overthinking It: June in Catcher FramingBen Lindbergh2014-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-OffDoug Thorburn2014-06-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 14Wilson Karaman2014-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Players PECOTA Has MissedBen Lindbergh2014-06-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: A Deeper Look at FAAB in Deeper LeaguesMike Gianella2014-06-18
The Lineup Card: 9 Unexpected Storylines of the Season to DateBaseball Prospectus2014-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: A Modern-Day Greg Maddux?Chris Mosch2014-06-04
BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23Ben Lindbergh2014-05-23
BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23Chris Mosch2014-05-23
BP Unfiltered: This Week's New Pitching Lines, 5/23Sam Miller2014-05-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week NineWilson Karaman2014-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Call MiloneR.J. Anderson2014-05-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week SevenWilson Karaman2014-05-09
The Week in Quotes: April 28 - May 4Nick Bacarella2014-05-05
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The Week in Quotes: April 28 - May 4Chris Mosch2014-05-05
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Collin McHugh now? Is he just going to be a flash in the pan or will he have sustained success?
(Danny from Chicago)
I'm really starting to buy in. The strikeouts seem legit, particularly with that curveball. He may be more of a mid-3.00s ERA guy by season's end, but the punchouts will keep him viable (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Doug: Can you evaluate the relative strengths/weaknesses of the Astro three of Jarred Cosart, Dallas Keuchel, and Collin McHugh. My general take is that Cosart has stuff, but control issues limit his upside, Keuchel seems to have harnessed something to start the 2014 season and from what I've read has his share of supporters at BP, and then McHugh I realize has small sample size, but does he have a chance to sustain some amount of the success of his first two starts or is he reversion waiting to happen. I saw that the Astros pitching coach said that he wasn't the same pitcher in late April that he was in spring trainer. Your thoughts on the three and whether any of them are long-term starters (or bullpen or minor-league bound) are appreciated. Thanks.
(Drifter from Long Branch )
I really like Cosart's baseline mechanics, with average or better grades in every category except for Repetition. But there's the rub, because repetition is by far the most important grade on the mechanics report card, and he won't approach ceiling until he can find consistency with his delivery. He is also a 2-pitch guy, essentially, and though he throws very hard, he will need to refine the cambio if he hopes to find sustained success in the rotation.

Keuchel is an example of a pitcher who is very well-balanced but who utilizes a very slow delivery as part of that approach. The pedestrian pace opens up the chance to mistime his delivery and necessitates a different timing pattern from the stretch. Command is key for a pitcher with a 90-mph fastball, and Keuchel has the underpinnings of a pitcher who will struggle with that element at times.

I have not yet had the chance to watch McHugh, but I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi RJ, curious if there is a recent precedent for what Collin McHugh is doing, and if so, how long was Quality Start performance sustained by the precedent? Andrew Albers comes to mind, but I think they're different pitchers.
(Drifter from Long Branch)
Albers is a good call as a pop-up type. Maybe Scott Diamond as well? Back in 2012 he had a pretty good ERA for a few months there. It's funny because McHugh's comment in the annual wasn't the least bit optimistic:

After another disastrous season—this one split between the Mets and Rockies, preceding an offseason waiver claim by the Astros—it's time to ask what McHugh really offers a major-league team. The only pitches he routinely throws for strikes—his fastball and slider—were hammered for slugging percentages over .550 (as was his sinker, at .952). His only asset appears to be his changeup, a groundball machine. But nothing about that arsenal suggests McHugh would succeed out of the bullpen, either—his fastball is just too hittable, and none of his breaking pitches have shown swing-and-miss movement. On second thought, maybe it's not time to ask the question, but rather to answer it.


Obviously pitchers can change, and maybe he's found something that works for him. My guess is he'll fade and we'll look back in a year at McHugh like we're doing right now with Albers and Diamond. There is something interesting about his profile: he's become less of a groundball pitcher thus far; not just in his two big-league appearances, but also in his 14 minor-league innings, too. I guess I should make an appointment to see his next start. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So ... Collin McHugh. 12Ks (including 3 of Robbie Cano), 0BB doesn't scream fluke. He's obviously not an ace, and almost as obviously has a good shot at sticking as a number 5. My question is in the middle -- how likely is he to turn into a genuine mid-rotation guy?
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
It does scream fluke. Seattle should be embarrassed. I'd honestly be blown away if he sticks, let alone succeeds. (Paul Sporer)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Collin McHugh has thrown 2,574 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), Slider (86mph) and Curve (74mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (92mph) and Slow Curve (57mph).