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Collin McHugh | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/19/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 191
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Berry College
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 18 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it's looking more and more likely that Collin McHugh (arm) will get a late start to the season.
McHugh has been battling through a "dead arm" phase and hasn't made any Grapefruit League appearances this spring. He pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and is set to throw in another one Monday, so the Astros would be able to backdate a disabled list stint. The right-hander should be ready to rejoin the rotation sometime in April. Mar 24 - 11:21 AM

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Collin McHugh (arm) will make another start in a minor league game Wednesday.

McHugh threw two innings against minor leaguers last Friday and will throw three innings Wednesday. Battling through a "dead arm" phase, the righty is hoping to be ready to pitch for the Astros by the fourth game of the season. "I think we'll know more once he gets to the four-inning mark," manager A.J. Hinch said on Sunday. "Right now he's just in the two to three-inning mark. These next couple starts will be important. We'd like no rain. We'd like no hiccups. We don't have a lot of room for error. But we'll know more in the next five to 10 days."
Mar 19 - 12:50 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) threw batting practice without incident on Tuesday.

McHugh fell a bit behind schedule while going through a dead-arm phase, but he's hoping to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. There's still enough time to get him stretched out for the start of the regular season.
Mar 14 - 12:04 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) is aiming to make his Grapefruit League debut this Friday.

He'll throw a round of live batting practice Tuesday as a final tuneup. McHugh fell behind the other starting pitchers in Astros camp during a late-February dead arm phase, but he could be caught up by Opening Day. Spring training runs longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 13 - 8:34 AM

Collin McHugh (arm) is scheduled to face live hitters for the first time on Monday.

McHugh threw a successful bullpen session earlier in the week and is believed to be over the dead arm period that he dealt with in February. Provided he can avoid any further setbacks, he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 11 - 8:58 AM

Collin McHugh (arm) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday morning in Astros camp.

McHugh made 25 pitches at 65-70 percent effort and reported feeling good. It was his first time throwing off a mound since his "dead arm" phase began in late February. The right-hander could be ready for his Grapefruit League debut in around 10 days. And if he avoids setbacks, he should be ready for the regular season.
Mar 6 - 12:26 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) will throw a bullpen session on Monday.

It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since he revealed a week ago that he's going through a "dead arm" phase. McHugh should be ready for Grapefruit League action before long if all goes well.
Mar 5 - 8:34 AM

Collin McHugh (arm) is hoping to throw off a mound sometime early next week.

McHugh is working through an early dead-arm phase in Astros camp, but he's been able to get in some positive work on the side and the right-hander has not yet been ruled out for the opening of the 2017 regular season. He'll need to start making real strides soon, however. Thursday's schedule calls for long toss from 180 feet.
Mar 2 - 8:42 AM

Collin McHugh said he's going through a "general dead arm" phase.

McHugh has not yet faced live hitters, but he told reporters Monday that he's confident he'll be ready for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. It's something to watch. McHugh, 29, struggled to a 4.34 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 33 starts last year with Houston.
Feb 27 - 12:13 PM

Collin McHugh has yet to throw live batting practice in Astros camp.

Which means his Grapefruit League debut will also have to wait. Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Monday that McHugh "hasn't felt perfect" in his side sessions. It sounds like more of a mechanical thing than a health concern. Look for a fresh update later this week.
Feb 27 - 9:31 AM

Collin McHugh won his arbitration case against the Astros, reports Brian McTaggart of

McHugh will make $3.85 million in 2017 rather than the $3.35 million proposed by the Astros. The 29-year-old is coming off a disappointing 4.34 ERA and 177/54 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings last season. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Feb 14 - 12:27 PM

Collin McHugh requested $3.85 million and was offered $3.35 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

McHugh is an interesting case in his first year of arbitration, as he's coming off of a disappointing 2016 season where he posted a 4.34 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 177/54 K/BB ratio over 184 2/3 innings. projects that he'll earn $4.6 million.
Jan 13 - 8:07 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Astros are shopping Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers.

They're both coming off disappointing years, but it's a weak free agent market for starting pitching so there could be some suitors out there. Stark says the ultra-active Astros are trying "to create roster and payroll flexibility" as they consider other moves.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:00:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros would listen to trade offers for Collin McHugh.

The Astros seemingly need to add and not subtract from their rotation, but it appears they'd send McHugh elsewhere in order to make room for an upgrade. McHugh can often be inconsistent, but he's put up a nice 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 505/148 K/BB ratio across 543 innings over the last three seasons in Houston. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 10:56:00 AM

Collin McHugh fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings to dominate the Angels 3-0 on Saturday.

He flirted with a perfect game into the fifth inning until Andrelton Simmons stroked a two-out single. His final tally was three hits and one walk against five strikeouts. The win boosts his record to 13-10 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts. He has a nice 177 strikeouts versus 54 walks in 184 2/3 innings.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:59:00 AM

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