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31 Collin McHugh SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/189 | Birthdate: 6/19/1987 | Birthplace: Naperville, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 95/65 | Average Draft Position: 143.98
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Astros' Collin McHugh strikes out 11 in win vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh allowed one earned run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 11 in his team's 6-1 win over the A's Wednesday.

McHugh (2-0) hadn't racked up double-digit strikeouts in a start since doing so in his season debut last April nearly one full year ago. He struck out the side in the first inning Wednesday and was able to limit the A's to one run in the second despite surrendering four hits in the frame. He struck out six batters in an eight-man stretch to push his total up to 11 strikeouts before the end of the fifth inning.

"He had really good stuff tonight, all pitches across the board," manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "He came out with his fastball, his breaking ball and obviously set the tone in the first inning when he punched out the side. It's a really, really good performance out of him. Obviously, the pitch count went up and I wasn't going to go extremely far with him, but really good to see that kind of pitching performance out of Collin."

McHugh will look to keep rolling Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.


Astros P Collin McHugh strikes out 4 in 6 innings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh gave up one earned run in Friday afternoon's 5-1 win over the Rangers. 

McHugh gave up five hits, struck out four batters and walked two. His pitch count totaled 85. McHugh pitched five scoreless innings before giving up a run on a fielders' choice bunt from Astros outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. 

"My fastball command was kind of a little touch-and-go early," McHugh said, via MLB.com. "But to be able to get back in counts was big, especially when the guys in their lineup like Beltre, Prince [Fielder], some guys who can do some damage when they get a count in their favor. It was important to work back and kind of battle."

McHugh is slated for his next start to be on April 15 against the Athletics. 


Astros finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters his rotation will line up with Dallas Keuchel on Opening Day against Indians, followed by Scott Feldman on Wednesday and Asher Wojciechowski on Thursday. Collin McHugh will open a three-game set at Texas on Friday, followed by Roberto Hernandez on Saturday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Astros SP Collin McHugh records seven strikeouts Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh racked up seven strikeouts in five innings during Tuesday's spring game against the Mets. He allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and one walk.

McHugh gave up a two-run homer to David Wright in the third inning. He now has 4.96 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

"I wanted to get the pitch count up," McHugh said to MLB.com. "We got up over 75 pitches, which is good. I probably have one more start -- maybe one of the exhibition games [in Houston] -- to get back up to that 100 plateau by the time the season starts. Getting five innings under my belt, getting through a lineup 2 1/2 times were all things I haven't done yet this spring. It's a good progression so far."


Astros' McHugh allows two solo HRs in second spring loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh allowed just two runs in four innings Thursday against the Mets, but he still dropped to 0-2 during a 3-1 loss. McHugh allowed four hits and no walks, while striking out three.

McHugh, who threw 43 of 62 pitches for strikes, gave up solo home runs to Michael Cuddyer in the second inning and Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning.

“I feel much better today,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “I feel like all my pitches were there to an extent. I did some good things out there today.

“I worked on my breaking ball, got it a little bit tighter, a little bit sharper at times and was able to execute some pitches that I’ve had trouble with earlier in the spring. We’re working our way toward the season, definitely making some good changes and getting some momentum.”

McHugh has a 5.56 ERA through four spring starts. He has 12 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

“I feel like I’m getting a little bit better, working on refining things a little bit more each outing,” he said. “I think with two or three more outings left to go I think we’re making good progress. …

“When you got out and you’re pumping the zone full of strikes with all your pitches you got to feel good about it. That’s what we’re doing today. That’s what we’re working on.”


Astros' Hinch announces rotation plans for Feldman, McHugh


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday starting pitcher Scott Feldman will start the second game of the season on April 8 against the Indians, per the Houston Chronicle. He also added Collin McHugh will also start the third or fourth game.

“Feldman’s lined up to pitch right behind (Dallas) Keuchel, which is good,” Hinch said. “And then somewhere in the third or fourth game you’ll see Collin McHugh. We got to sort out some health (issues) and some competition for the other guys.

"I caution lining it too perfectly too early just because a lot of things can happen, but Keuchel one, Feldman two is a good lineup.”


Astros SP Collin McHugh happy with fast start to spring schedule


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh had another strong spring outing Monday against the Blue Jays. After tossing two scoreless innings in his spring debut, McHugh bounced back for three more scoreless innings Monday.

The right-handed allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out three. He has six strikeouts through five spring innings.

“If you’ve seen my spring training numbers, you would know that’s not the (typical) case,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “I’m usually a very slow starter. It’s good to get a couple of solid outings under my belt.

“Better than expected. The body gets a little bit tired (sometimes in spring). You’ve gone at it every day in spring training. To recover as well as I did and on one less day rest than usual, even though I only threw two innings last time -- it feels good to get back in the swing of things.”


Astros' McHugh strikes out three in two innings during spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh was oustanding in his spring debut Thursday against the Phillies. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk.

He also had strikeouts of Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Aaron Altherr.

“I think there are a couple things that I want to do,” McHugh said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Obviously, I’d like to develop my changeup a little bit more, figure out where to throw it in counts a little bit better. But overall, just kind of you work through your routine.

“Then, whatever the game kind of throws at you, you make adjustments as you need to. Today I threw a more cutters ’cause they had four lefties in there in the first six hitters. If they had more righties, I’d probably throw more curveballs. You see what the lineup gives you and you go from there.”


Astros leaning toward Collin McHugh to open spring training


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) The Astros are leaning toward pitcher Collin McHugh as their starter for the opening of spring training, reports The Houston Chronicle.

"It's trending toward Collin McHugh starting that first game and getting our pitching lined up," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Everybody should pitch in the next four or five games, so [pitching coach Brent Strom] and I are putting that list together. He's got another live BP, so that's why I hesitate to put it in pen. But right now we're planning on seeing him early."

However, Hinch indicated the starter for Opening Day has not been determined.

"Truthfully, I mean, that and even who throws game one of the regular season — game one of the regular season's a little more kind of like a nod to more what you did in the past year, usually," he said. "But, yeah, all five of us are going to get a chance somewhere through the rotation. It's just where we fall."


Collin McHugh shut down for final week of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Astros have shut down pitcher Collin McHugh for the remainder of the season, according to the Houston Chronicle on Monday.

McHugh was expected to make one final start before the end of the season, but it appears the team wanted to take a cautious approach with his workload. McHugh ends his season with an 11-9 record in 25 starts. He posted a 2.73 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP with a 157:41 K:BB ratio over 154 2/3 innings pitched.


Collin McHugh stays hot with win over M's


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Despite allowing more runs than he had in any start since July 27, Collin McHugh pitched well in the Astros' 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday. McHugh yielded three runs over his six innings, and it marked the first time in 10 starts that he allowed more than two runs.

Only five batters reached base against McHugh, and of the four hits he allowed, only Michael Saunders' two-run homer was for extra bases. In addition to issuing only one walk, McHugh struck out six Mariners.

McHugh is set to make one more start this season, which will come next weekend at the Mets. He is now 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA.


Collin McHugh ready to make Sunday start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Collin McHugh was listed as the Astros' starting pitcher for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. He left his most recent start, which was on Monday against the Indians, after sustaining a contusion to his left forearm.

Collin McHugh exits start with forearm contusion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh left Monday's start against the Indians because of a forearm contusion, the team announced. He was in the midst of another dominant outing before leaving the game in the seventh inning with the issue.

McHugh allowed one unearned run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings of work. Of his 90 pitches, 59 were strikes. He owns a 2.66 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 24 starts (148 2/3 innings). It remains to be seen if he'll be cleared to make his next start on Sunday against Seattle.

Astros return to a five-man rotation for now


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Astros are skipping Brad Peacock's scheduled start on Monday against the Indians, as he is dealing with a sore lower back. Rather than replace Peacock, the Astros will move up their other five starters a day and, at least temporarily, put an end to their six-man rotation. Collin McHugh, Nick Tropeano, Brett Oberholtzer and Scott Feldman are now set to start against the Indians, and Dallas Keuchel will take the mound to open the weekend series against the Mariners on Friday.

There is currently no timetable for Peacock's return.


Collin McHugh twirls eight one-run innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh earned a win Tuesday, giving up one earned run on only two hits in eight innings and striking out four in his team's 2-1 victory over the Mariners.

McHugh (9-9) took a 1-0 lead into the eighth but surrendered a solo home run on his second hit allowed in the game. The offense was able to get the lead right back in the top of the ninth to put the starter back in line for the win. McHugh has been on fire since the beginning of August, giving up just 10 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings. He owns a 2.79 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 144:40 K:BB ratio in 142 innings going into next Tuesday's scheduled start against the Indians.


Collin McHugh heavenly against Angels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Angels. 

McHugh allowed one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and did not issue any walks during the outing. The Angels scratched across their only run in the third inning. After giving up two singles, a run scored on a fielding error by Jonathan Villar. Though the run came in on an error, McHugh was still charged. McHugh pitched into the eighth inning, but was pulled after quickly getting two outs. He threw 96 pitches.

With the win, McHugh improved to 8-9. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start.


Collin McHugh earns the win Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh turned in a strong start Thursday against the Rangers.

McHugh allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. McHugh gave up both runs relatively early in the game. After giving up two singles to open the game, McHugh was able to induce a double play. A run would score on the play, giving McHugh the early deficit. The third inning proved troublesome as well. After loading the bases to start things off, McHugh allowed a run to come home on a sac fly. He was able to strike out the next two hitters in order to get out of the inning. 

The Astros managed to score four runs in the fifth inning, putting McHugh in line for the win. He improved to 7-9. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start.


Collin McHugh picks up no decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Indians.

McHugh allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one during the outing. McHugh gave up a run in each the third and fourth innings. With two outs in the third, McHugh gave up a double and a run-scoring single before getting out of the inning. In the fourth, two straight singles put men on base early. A sac bunt moved them into scoring position, and a ground out brought one home. 

McHugh left with the game tied, earning a no-decision. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Collin McHugh goes six strong in win over Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh stayed sharp with another a quality outing Sunday against the Red Sox, scattering one run on seven hits and four walks while striking out six over six innings of an 8-1 victory.

McHugh improved to 6-9 on the year. He has allowed one earned run in each of his last four starts. He owns a 3.00 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 19 starts (114 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Cleveland.

Collin McHugh picks up the win Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Astros pitcher Collin McHugh picked up a win Tuesday against the Twins.

McHugh allowed one run on four hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. The only blemish against McHugh was a solo home run. In the second inning, Oswaldo Arcia was able to take McHugh deep. Other than that, McHugh turned in a strong start. Opposing pitcher Yohan Pino has battered by the Astros, giving McHugh the easy win.

With the win, McHugh improved to 5-9 on the year. He'll take on the Red Sox in his next start.


Collin McHugh back in the circle of trust


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/11/2014) So you picked up Collin McHugh for his two starts this week. Wonderful! You're among the 25 percent of his owners to do so.

But even with that little bump, I still say he's underowned at 66 percent.

His 0-5 record may not show it, but over his last seven starts, you could argue he's been even better than in his first seven, the ones that put him on the map before his little bump in the road convinced everyone he was just a journeyman Quadruple-A performer after all.

As I discuss in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, he and David Peralta are the two players on the most added list who have me most excited (well, other than Javier Baez, but he's 92 percent owned now).

Be sure to check it out.


Collin McHugh Ks eight in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Astros starter Collin McHugh was unable to factor into the decision Thursday night against the Phillies in Philadelphia. The right-hander looked sharp and permitted only one run on five hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings of work.

Over his last two starts covering 13 1/3 innings, McHugh has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 3.18 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 17 starts (102 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against Minnesota.

Collin McHugh looks sharp in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Astros starter Collin McHugh pitched well enough for the win, but was unable to factor into the decision Friday night against the Blue Jays. The right-hander permitted one run on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 6 1/3 innings of a 3-1 victory.

McHugh has not won a decision since June 3. He owns a 3.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 16 starts (95 innings). He will make his next start Thursday in Philadelphia.

Astros could be active at trade deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) The Astros are looking to trade DH Chris Carter, according to the New York Post. Carter is batting .212 with 111 strikeouts in 92 games, but he has 21 homers and is slugging .474.

The Post reports the Astros would also be willing to listen to trade offers for starting pitchers Jarred Cosart, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh.


Astros now open to trading young starters


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated earlier this season that young starters such as Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh were not going to be used as trade chips because they were too valuable for the team's future. But times have changed, according to Fox Sports.

A shortage of starting pitchers among some contenders could result in strong packages offered for Keuchel and/or McHugh. And the Astros have become open to exploring such a deal.

"We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn't rule out anything," Luhnow said. "We'd have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present."

Both Keuchel and McHugh, however, have cooled off as the weather has heated up. The former is 0-4 in his last six starts with 57 hits allowed in his last 36 2/3 innings. McHugh has lost his last six starts, though a lack of run support has played as big a role in that misery as poor performance.