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45 Phil Hughes SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/240 | 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%: 35/15 | Average Draft Position: 221.03
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Big inning downs Phil Hughes in first loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Struggling Twins pitcher Phil Hughes finally took his first loss of the season Tuesday, in a 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Hughes cruised through the first five innings of his start, before the Blue Jays jumped on him for four straight hits to open the sixth inning. He was pulled from the game, and all four runners came around to score, as he ended up with four earned runs allowed on eight hits and a walk in five innings. He did match a season-high with seven strikeouts, while throwing 60 of 87 pitches for strikes.

Hughes carries a 7.20 ERA and 0-1 record into his fourth start, set for Sunday in Kansas City.


Phil Hughes recovers from awful first inning on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Twins right-hander and key offseason acquisition Phil Hughes seemed to find himself Wednesday aganst Oakland, but not before a first-inning disaster.

Hughes yielded two walks, then four consecutive hits to start the game and fall behind, 4-0. Included were doubles by Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes. Hughes then hurled four shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk during that stretch.

He would have taken his second loss, however, had his teammates not tied the game in the ninth. Hughes now owns a disturbing 7.20 ERA with his new team.


Phil Hughes still worth owning in deeper mixed leagues


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(4/9/2014) Going into Wednesday's game against the A's, Phil Hughes was among the Most Dropped players in CBSSports.com leagues, with an ownership rate that has fallen from 55 to 45 percent. After a five-inning start for the Twins that got off on the wrong foot, it would not be surprising to see Hughes get dropped in even more leagues, but he deserves a little more patience from his Fantasy owners.

The first inning of Wednesday's contest, which began with two walks and four hits, was ugly, but after that Hughes settled down, throwing strikes and getting six flyball outs (including four popups) over the next four frames. I thought the move to Target Field would be a good one for Hughes, and those four innings typify the kinds of outings I think he can have there on a regular basis. As a Yankee, Hughes fared much better away from Yankee Stadium, and now that he's away from the AL East, both his home and road splits should improve.

Even deep league owners shouldn't start Hughes every week, but in deeper mixed league formats, he's worth keeping around to use for most scoring periods.


Phil Hughes still giving up gopher balls in new uniform


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) The Phil Hughes wearing a Twins uniform performed Thursday quite like the one that pitched for the Yankees a year ago. That is, not good.

Hughes walked just one and struck out seven in five innings, but he gave up four runs to the White Sox and continued to struggle keeping the ball in the park. He yielded up a second-inning home run to Alejandro De Aza and a fifth-inning blast to Adam Dunn. Hughes did leave with a 5-4 lead that his bullpen promptly blew.


Phil Hughes pounded again in last spring start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) What had been an encouraging spring ended with a giant thud for Twins new right-handed starter Phil Hughes. He surrendered four runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings against Boston on Friday in his final tuneup for the regular season.

Hughes has yielded nine runs on 19 hits in the last 10 1/3 innings of exhibition play to raise his ERA from 1.04 to 4.74. The gopherball-prone right-hander served up one to Mike Napoli in a two-run sixth inning. He will make his first start with Minnesota next Thursday against the White Sox.


Phil Hughes yields five runs in fourth spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes had his worst start of the spring Sunday against the Phillies. The right-handed pitcher allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk, while striking out three in five innings.

Hughes gave up one run through two innings before Philadelphia broke open the game with a three-run third inning. The Phillies would get their final run off Hughes on a Jimmy Rollins' solo home run in the fifth inning.

Hughes' ERA jumped from 1.04 to 3.95 in his fourth spring start. He had allowed just one earned run in his previous three spring starts.


Phil Hughes has 1.04 ERA through three spring starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes gave up a pair of unearned runs in three innings Thursday against the Red Sox. He allowed four hits and no walks, while striking out two.

Hughes lowered his ERA to 1.04. He's allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in 8 2/3 innings. He has seven strikeouts.


Phil Hughes fine in Saturday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Twins starter Phil Hughes, who is hoping to rebound from a terrible 2013 season with the Yankees, proved encouraging on Saturday. He pithed three one-hit shutout innings, walking one and striking out two Blue Jays along the way.

Hughes, who signed a three-year offseason deal with the Twins, coud benefit from pitching half his games at Target Field rather than in Yankee Stadium and its short right-field porch.


Phil Hughes working on curve ball during Tuesday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes said his goal was to work on his curve during Tuesday's start, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Hughes had some success with the pitch, striking out Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich twice, both using a curve ball. Hughes notched three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut. He posted a 5.19 ERA 145 2/3 innings last season.


Phil Hughes has successful debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Twins starter Phil Hughes was able to get through a successful spring debut.

Hughes tossed 2 2/3 innings, giving up one run. Hughes struck out three hitters, including outfielder Christian Yelich twice. He walked one, and did not surrender any home runs. Hughes posted a 5.19 ERA in 145 2/3 innings last season.


Phil Hughes scrapping his slider


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is going to scrap his slider this season, according to MLB.com.

Hughes will focus more on using his cutter and curve instead. Hughes' slider had a negative pitch rating last season, according to FanGraphs.com, but has been effective in the past. Hughes posted a 5.19 ERA in 145 2/3 innings last season.


Phil Hughes doesn't want to have to rely on new park


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is hoping he won't have to rely on his new park in order to improve, according to MLB Network Radio.

Hughes said his goal was to improve as a pitcher, not take advantage of the Twins spacious ballpark. Hughes has had trouble with the longball, giving up 59 home runs over the past two seasons. His extreme fly ball approach was not a good fit for Yankees Stadium. Target Field does a much better job preventing home runs, which means Hughes should be in for some improvement despite his fly ball approach. 

Last season, Hughes posted a 5.19 ERA in 145 2/3 innings.


Phil Hughes deal becomes final


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) The Twins finalized their three-year, $24 million deal with starting pitcher Phil Hughes Monday. Hughes is the second free agent they've added to their starting rotation this offseason, joining Ricky Nolasco.

Hughes had a disastrous 2013 season with the Yankees, going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings, but he was better on the road, posting a 3.88 ERA. 


Report: Phil Hughes expected to sign with Twins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2013) The Twins are expected to sign free agent hurler Phil Hughes to a three-year, $24 million deal, according to The Star Tribune on Saturday. The team is expected to announce the signing at some point next week.

Hughes, 29, went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 30 appearances (29 starts). He struck out 121 and walked 42 over 145 2/3 innings.

Mets out, Twins in on Phil Hughes


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) With Ricky Nolasco now signed, the Twins are turning their attention to free agent pitcher Phil Hughes to bolster their rotation depth, ESPN reports. Hughes is likely to get a two-year deal in free agency, which takes the Mets out of the running for his services, ESPN New York reports.

Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 121:42 K:BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season. In seven years in New York, he went 56-50 with a 4.54 ERA.


Twins in on many pitchers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) The Twins are interested in a number of pitchers, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The team is considering Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco, Matt Garza, Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes. Minnesota has reportedly offered Pelfrey a multi-year contract. The club has also inquired on some of the top tier pitchers, though it's not clear they are willing to spend the money. 


Marlins inquired about Phil Hughes


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/24/2013) The Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have looked into free agent starting pitcher Phil Hughes. The Marlins want to add a veteran starting pitcher, though Hughes may not be in the team's price range.

The Mets and Twins are among the other teams who have expressed an interest in the former Yankee.


Mets prefer Phil Hughes to Bronson Arroyo


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) The Mets prefer free-agent pitcher Phil Hughes to free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo at this point, the New York Post reports.

Hughes, 27, went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 121:42 K:BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season. Arroyo, 36, went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 124:34 K:BB ratio in 202 innings with the Reds.


Royals pursuing Phil Hughes


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/11/2013) The Royals have expressed an interest in signing free agent starting pitcher Phil Hughes, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Yankees declined to make a qualifying offer to Hughes last week, so any team that signs him will not have to give up a draft pick to do so.


Twins interested in Bronson Arroyo, Phil Hughes, Jason Vargas


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) The Twins have expressed preliminary interest in free agent pitchers Bronson Arroyo, Phil Hughes and Jason Vargas, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 124:34 K:BB ratio in 202 innings for the Reds. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 121:42 K:BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings for the Yankees. Vargas went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 109:46 K:BB ratio in 150 innings for the Angels.


Yankees pass on qualifying offer for Phil Hughes


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/4/2013) As expected, the Yankees decided not to make a qualifying offer of a one-year, $14.1 million deal to starting pitcher Phil Hughes, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Should Hughes now sign with another team, the Yankees will not be compensated with a draft pick.

Hughes endured a difficult 2013 season, finishing with a 4-14 record and a 5.19 ERA.


Phil Hughes with another poor outing


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Yankees starter Phil Hughes took over for CC Sabathia in the rotation Wednesday at home against Tampa Bay. He didn't seem to have the same effect as the veteran ace.

Hughes once again suffered an early exit as he left after just two innings and 51 pitches. He took the loss on the outing to fall to 4-14 on the season to close out his season with a 5.19 ERA.

Hughes threw 51 pitches before being pulled as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk over his two frames. He struck out two batters for the Yankees. He did not complete five innings in any of his last four starts for New York. Hughes will not get another start this season for the Yankees. He had a disappointing season overall.

Phil Hughes to start Wednesday


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/24/2013) Phil Hughes has been named as the Yankees' starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Rays, according to ESPN.com. Hughes effectively takes the rotation spot vacated by CC Sabathia, who is out for the season with a strained hamstring.

Yankees to skip Phil Hughes in rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) The Yankees announced Sunday that Hiroki Kuroda will start Tuesday against the Rays, meaning Phil Hughes will be skipped with CC Sabathia pitching on regular rest Wednesday.

Hughes is just 4-13 with a 5.07 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 119:41 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings. He hasn't completed five innings in any of his last four starts.


Yankees could skip Phil Hughes to keep CC on regular rest


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2013) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team is considering keeping starter CC Sabathia on regular rest. That would mean Phil Hughes would be skipped and Sabathia would start Wednesday against Tampa Bay, YES reports.