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45 Phil Hughes SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 6/24/1986 | Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $7,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 91/67 | Average Draft Position: 62.22
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Twins' Phil Hughes strikes out seven Class A batters Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes made a minor-league start Friday against Rays' Class A players, per MLB.com. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits (one home run) in six innings, while throwing 69 pitches and recording seven strikeouts.

Hughes is 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four spring starts. He has allowed eight runs on 13 hits (two home runs) and five walks, while striking out 10 in 11 1/3 innings.


Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struggles with location Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struggled with his pitch accuracy a bit on Sunday, giving up two walks in 5 2/3 innings of work. He gave up three runs on six hits and was not pleased with how he performed.

"It bothers me still," Hughes said. "Not to say I'm going to be able to avoid it all together. I'm very competitive out there, and any time something doesn't go your way, it's going to make you mad even though you know it's part of Spring Training. After a few months off, you're not going to be able to go out there and be in midseason form, but it's still something you don't want to see."

Hughes 74 pitches in the outing and is expected to be the Twins Opening Day starter.

"Phil had to work today, and that's probably a good point," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's getting his work in, and I think he's building up arm strength and he's using his pitches. It wasn't a real clean line for him today. You could see some frustration at times, but he kept grinding. I don't have any concerns about him as far as how he's coming along this spring. His last batter he had a real good sequence to get his last out."


Twins' Phil Hughes limits Orioles to solo home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes allowed one earned run on one hit and one walk in four innings while striking out two in his team's 10-9 win over the Orioles Tuesday.

The only hit Hughes allowed came on a solo home run in the first inning, but he wasn't quite satisfied with his fastball, MLB.com reports.

"It was one of those days I didn't have great life on my fastball, but I was trying to locate it to try and get some quick outs. And I was able to do that for the most part," Hughes said.

Hughes lowered his spring ERA to 6.75 with his work Tuesday.


Twins SP Phil Hughes lasts only five outs in second spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes was pulled in the second inning of Thursday's spring start against the Marlins after the right-handed hurler had trouble locating his cutter. 

Hughes got off to a great start Thursday, as he struck out the side in the first inning. But it wasn't the same story in the second inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Justin Bour and a one-out double to Adeiny Hechavarria before Jeff Mathis connected for a three-run homer. 

Hughes walked Don Kelly following Mathis' home run before he allowed Kelly to move up to second base on a wild pitch. Hughes did get Donovan Solano to pop out to first base before he was replaced by Jason Wheeler.

Kelly would score on Dee Gordon's two-out RBI single. Hughes was charged with four runs on three hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three.

Hughes admitted after the outing he wasn't happy with how plate umpire Marvin Hudson was calling the game, per the Pioneer Press.

"He knew something was up with me out there. I was just fuming," Hughes said of getting a visit from pitching coach Neil Allen in the second inning. "I was probably going to get thrown out of the game if it wasn't spring training. I don't remember ever being that mad in a spring training game."


Molitor expects Phil Hughes to start Twins' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor knows who his ace is. While speaking to the media on Monday, Molitor said he expects RHP Phil Hughes to start on opening day for the Twins, assuming he remains healthy.  

Molitor did hedge his bet, saying that the decision was "in pencil."  

Hughes was 16-10, with a 3.52 ERA in his first season with the Twins, last year. 


Phil Hughes happy to be with Twins 'long-term'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) After going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 2014 -- his first season with the Twins -- Phil Hughes was rewarded with a three-year, $42 million contract extension. The 28-year-old right-hander is happy to be under contract with Minnesota through the 2019 season.

"I was excited to get it done and have a sense of home here," Hughes said, per MLB.com. "For me, it was about signing somewhere I felt comfortable. I wanted to do something long-term here."

Hughes said he started his offseason throwing program in November. However, he has yet to throw off a mound. 

"Every year I start throwing pretty early, like three or four days a week, and kind of steadily get going and get my arm in shape," Hughes said. "It's a program that's worked pretty well for me. I like to be ahead of the curve and show up to spring training ready and having already thrown bullpens."


Twins make it official: Hughes in the fold for three years


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) What was reported is now official - the Twins have announced that they have signed a three-year contract extension with right-hander and 2014 standout Phil Hughes for $42 million.

Hughes thrived away from Yankee Stadium, where he yielded 59 home runs in 2012 and 2013 combined. Pitching in more spacious Target Field, he allowed just 16 dingers last season and finished 16-20 with a 3.52 ERA.

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Phil Hughes agrees to three-year, $42 million extension with Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension with the Twins on Monday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News first reported the extension.

The extension supersedes the final two years of his contract, essentially giving the right-handed hurler a new five-year extension. He is slated to earn $9.2 million in each of the next two seasons, then make $13.2 million in each of the following three seasons between 2017-19.

Hughes made 32 starts last season and went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 186:16 K:BB ratio over 209 2/3 innings.

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Phil Hughes won't come out of the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes will not come out of the bullpen, according to MLB.com.

The club offered him a chance to pitch again this season, but Hughes declined. Hughes needs one more out to trigger a $500,000 roster bonus, but has decided to end his season. He posted a 3.52 ERA over 209 2/3 innings. 


Phil Hughes ends year on high note by beating Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Twins right-hander Phil Hughes completed the job Wednesday of serving as the ace of a team that desperately needed one.

Hughes finished the season with a 16-10 record, courtesy of a strong outing against Arizona. He surrendered just one run on five hits in eight innings with no walks and five strikeouts. Only a David Peralta sacrifice fly in the sixth inning prevented him from pitching shutout ball.

His strong performance ended a mini-slump in which he yielded 10 earned runs in 21 innings over his last three starts.


Phil Hughes got off to a tough start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes had a tough start Friday against the Indians.

Hughes allowed four runs on 10 hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue any walks during the outing. Hughes gave up two of his runs in the fourth inning. With two outs, Hughes allowed a double, followed by two run scoring singles. Michael Brantley added to the scoring in the sixth, by hitting a solo home run to lead things off. Hughes allowed his final run in the seventh. After a leadoff double, Michael Bourn was able to plate a run with a sac fly. 

The Twins managed a comeback, giving Hughes the no-decision. He’ll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


Phil Hughes whiffs 11 in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes struck out 11 but was knocked around in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday, dropping to 15-10 on the year. He allowed five runs -- three earned -- on six hits and one walk over seven innings of a 5-1 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 14 innings, Hughes has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 3.56 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 30 starts (194 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against Cleveland.

Phil Hughes settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday at home against the Angels. He allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings of an 8-5 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 22 2/3 innings, Hughes has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.55 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 29 starts (187 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday in Chicago against the White Sox.

Phil Hughes lasts eight innings in win vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes picked up a win Monday, giving up three unearned runs on five hits in eight innings and striking out five in his team's 6-4 victory over the Orioles.

Hughes (15-9) served up a three-run home run with two outs in the seventh after an error had been committed earlier in the inning. The pitcher ended a string of quality starts in his last outing but bounced back nicely on Labor Day. Hughes owns a 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 157:15 K:BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings. Since 1900, only two pitchers have qualified for the ERA title while posting a K:BB ratio of 10.0 or better (Bret Saberhagen, 1994; Cliff Lee, 2010). Hughes will look to remain on track to join that group when he faces the Angels Saturday.


Keep the faith with Phil Hughes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/28/2014) Phil Hughes was cruising along Wednesday at Kansas City until the Royals rallied for six runs, the first four off him, in the eighth inning. As a result, Hughes didn't meet the criteria for a quality start, but that doesn't mean he wasn't quality.

Of course, considering he allowed just one earned run in each of his previous four starts, winning all of them, Fantasy owners probably don't need to be convinced of his utility by now, but as has been the case in just about all of his poor starts this year, home runs weren't the cause of his downfall Wednesday, as they were so many times in his days with the Yankees. He didn't allow any in that start and has allowed just three in his last 10 -- four of which were less than quality.

As Al Melchior has pointed out time and time again, Hughes has become the strike-throwingest (well, how would you put it?) starting pitcher in the majors this year -- and by a wide margin. Between that and his dramatically reduced home run rate, you wonder how he's ever less than quality.

For all the success he's had this year, you could argue he's been unlucky still.


Phil Hughes loses it late against Royals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes lost it late in the game Wednesday.

Hughes allowed four runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Hughes was exceptional over the first seven innings. He gave up just two hits during those first seven innings. Things fell apart in the eighth. Hughes gave up two singles to start the inning. He was able to induce a pop out for the first out, but couldn’t pull it together. Hughes gave up singles to the next three batters. He was pulled after giving up two runs. Both runners Hughes left on base wound up scoring, and were charged to Hughes.

With the loss, Hughes dropped to 14-9. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start.


Phil Hughes wins fourth straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes twirled yet another gem Thursday, in a 4-1 win over the Indians, his fourth straight.

Hughes allowed just one run for the fourth start in a row, while completing seven full innings yet again. He scattered five hits without walking a batter, and struck out eight over 97 pitches for the win.

Hughes improved his record to 14-8 with the win, while lowering his ERA to 3.65. He will try to stretch his winning streak to five starts when he takes on the Royals Wednesday. 


Phil Hughes excellent against Kansas City


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes turned in an excellent start against the Royals Saturday.

Hughes allowed one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. Hughes was tagged for his only run in the fourth inning. After giving up a leadoff double, catcher Kurt Suzuki made a throwing error on a steal attempt, allowing the run to score. Hughes wound up throwing 94 pitches during the start.

With the win, Hughes improved to 13-8. He’ll make his next start against the Indians. 


Phil Hughes wins second straight decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes won his second straight decision Sunday afternoon against the A's in Oakland, improving to 12-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded one run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of a 6-1 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Hughes has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 3.88 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 24 starts (150 2/3 innings). His next scheduled start will come at home on Saturday against Kansas City.

Phil Hughes strikes out nine in win vs. Padres Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes earned a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and one walk in six innings and striking out nine in his team's 3-1 victory over the Padres.

Hughes (11-8) was able to break a three-game losing streak with a fine outing Tuesday, giving up just a solo home run in the fifth inning. It's his highest strikeout total since racking up nine strikeouts on June 11. Hughes owns a 4.01 ERA and 127:14 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Sunday.


Phil Hughes tosses quality start in loss vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes took a loss in a quality start Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings and striking out five in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Royals.

Hughes (10-8) had to leave his last start after just three innings when he was hit by a line drive, but he was able to come back Wednesday and pitch a solid game, though he took his third straight loss after giving up three runs in an ugly sixth inning. Hughes owns a 4.12 ERA and 118:13 K:BB ratio in 137 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Padres Tuesday.


Phil Hughes to make next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday starting pitcher Phil Hughes, who was struck in the right shin by a comebacker Thursday, will not miss a start, according to The Star Tribune. Hughes is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the Royals.

Manager: Phil Hughes should make next start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Ron Gardenhire has expressed optimism that Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will make his next start despite taking a shot to the shin Thursday off the bat of Adam Dunn. That would be Tuesday or Wednesday in Kansas City as the Minnesota rotation has been a bit jumbled.

Hughes could certainly use a shot in the arm instead of one to the shin. He has yielded 12 earned runs on 25 hits in his last 15 innings pitched to send his ERA soaring to 4.10, its highest point since May 4.


Phil Hughes 'feels a responsibility' to make next start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Slumping Twins right-hander Phil Hughes feels thankful that his shin wasn't broken when it took a smash off the bat of Adam Dunn on Thursday. The blow forced him out of the game after three innings.

Negative X-rays could allow him to make his next start Tuesday in Kansas City.

"[I] feel a responsbility to not miss any time," Hughes told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Hughes has given up 12 earned runs on 25 hits in the last 15 innings to lower his record to 10-7 and raise his ERA to 4.10.


X-rays come back negative for Phil Hughes


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes underwent X-rays on his injured shin, which came back negative, according to MLB.com.

Hughes left Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. Manager Ron Gardenhire remains hopeful that Hughes will make his next start on Wednesday at Kansas City.