Collin McHugh

Collin McHugh

35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Collin McHugh in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Braves in March of 2022. Contract includes $6 million team option for 2024.
Gets win in extras
PAtlanta Braves
July 11, 2022
McHugh (2-1) picked up the win in Sunday's extra-innings victory over the Nationals, giving up one hit and one walks while striking out one over two scoreless innings.
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The right-hander kept Washington off the board in the 11th and 12th innings, and got rewarded for his efforts when Atlanta finally pushed across a run. McHugh has been asked to pitch more than one inning in five of nine appearances since returning from the COVID-19 list in mid-June but he's handled the workload well, posting a 3.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 18:3 K:BB through 14.1 innings over that stretch with both of his wins on the year. McHugh hasn't recorded a hold since June 5 however, and he doesn't appear to be part of manager Brian Snitker's setup mix at present.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Collin McHugh generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .174 206 68 11 33 5 1 2
Since 2020vs Right .225 313 81 15 66 10 1 6
2022vs Left .182 118 36 6 20 3 0 2
2022vs Right .220 154 39 8 31 6 0 3
2021vs Left .163 88 32 5 13 2 1 0
2021vs Right .230 159 42 7 35 4 1 3
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-27%
ERA on Road
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-42%
ERA on Road
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-12%
ERA at Home
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.42 0.87 67.0 4 3 1 9.1 1.6 0.5
Since 2020Away 1.76 1.01 66.1 5 0 0 11.0 1.9 0.5
2022Home 3.25 1.00 36.0 1 2 0 8.5 2.0 0.8
2022Away 1.89 0.87 33.1 2 0 0 11.1 1.6 0.5
2021Home 1.45 0.71 31.0 3 1 1 9.9 1.2 0.3
2021Away 1.64 1.15 33.0 3 0 0 10.9 2.2 0.5
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Collin McHugh compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.36
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
1.8
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
91.3 mph
 
ERA
2.60
 
WHIP
0.94
 
BABIP
.276
 
GB/FB
1.15
 
Left On Base
77.6%
 
Exit Velocity
79.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.6%
 
Spin Rate
2631 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.7%
 
Swinging Strike
12.6%
 
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After opting out of the 2020 season McHugh signed with Tampa Bay, the ideal landing spot as the Rays have a knack for handling pitchers of his ilk. After struggling in 2019, McHugh reverted to 2018 form. Tampa used him exclusively as a reliever, or short-stint opener, so he was able to optimize his pitch mix by throwing mostly sliders with some cutters and fastballs with the occasional curve. Considering his injury history and lack of work since 2019, it's surprising he only lost two weeks of the season on the IL to arm fatigue. His 1.55 ERA was aided by a 81.3% LOB mark, though if he ERA were closer to his 3.06 xFIP or 2.87 SIERA, he'd still be a top reliever. McHugh's 30.0% strikeout rate is closer material, though it remains to be seen what capacity he works in this season. Even so, McHugh's arm is mixed-league worthy, then let the rest take care of itself.
McHugh underwent what is known as a tenex procedure at the end of 2019 to relieve discomfort in his right elbow. The Red Sox brought him in, but McHugh later opted out of playing in 2020. He suggested at the time that his arm had not progressed as he had hoped, and with COVID on top of that, he felt it was best to go home. McHugh has not appeared in the majors since Aug. 30, 2019. He had a showcase scheduled for Jan. 16, 2021, but unlike some of the other showcases this winter, McHugh's failed to generate much hype. Given his track record and the results from his prime years with Houston, McHugh's a safe bet to resurface in the big leagues if he can eventually turn the page on this elbow problem.
After dominating as a reliever in 2018, McHugh began last season in the starting rotation and notched a 1.96 ERA through four starts. Disaster struck in his fifth outing, however, as McHugh allowed nine earned runs in 3.1 innings, setting off a four-start stretch in which the right-hander posted an unsightly 12.00 ERA. The slump cost McHugh a spot in the rotation that he never reclaimed. As a reliever, McHugh was mostly effective, though he battled elbow issues throughout the season and was shut down for good at the end of August. Overall, the veteran posted solid strikeout numbers (25.9 K%), but his home-run rate (1.45 HR/9) nearly doubled and his walk rate (9.5%) set a career high. McHugh will hit free agency in the offseason and is likely to covet a chance to start. He's enjoyed success in that role in the past, but he'll be a risky investment considering his elbow troubles and inconsistency last season.
McHugh is probably the best starting pitcher who didn't make a single start last season. After McHugh turned in four straight years with a FIP under 4.00, the Astros, with their embarrassment of riches on the pitching side, moved McHugh to the bullpen in 2018. He excelled there to the tune of a 1.99 ERA in 72.1 innings. Notably, his strikeout rate spiked from 22.9% to 33.2% thanks to a small velocity bump and increased slider usage, while he held his walk rate steady at 7.4%. He'd likely give back some of those gains should he return to a starting role, but starting would mean more innings, more strikeouts and more chances at wins. McHugh is talented enough to remain a fantasy factor even if he remains in the bullpen, as he can help anchor your ratios.
McHugh's 2017 campaign got off to an ominous start as an early-spring dead arm turned into a right elbow impingement, delaying his debut until July 22. He started 12 contests, providing a timely shot in the arm to the Astros over the second half. McHugh's numbers were an improvement over his disappointing 2016, in part due to allowing only seven homers in 63.1 innings. He also significantly improved versus right-handed batters (.694 OPS against in 2017 versus .777 in 2016), incorporating a slider to complement the cutter he throws versus lefties. McHugh's career 22 percent strikeout rate and seven percent walk rate are both better than league average, portending success if he can continue minimizing homers. McHugh will contend for a spot in a crowded Astros rotation, but the acquisition of Gerrit Cole probably means he'll start the season working out of the bullpen like he did during the 2017 postseason. Unless his role is clarified in the spring, don't pay for more than 125-130 innings.
Those who bought in on McHugh in 2016 were left mostly disappointed as he turned in damaging ratios along with modest totals in wins and strikeouts. However, it was not a disastrous season by any means, and he in fact improved in several areas, most notably with his strikeout rate (22.2 percent) -- a rebound supported by his third straight season with a swinging-strike rate north of 10 percent. Unfortunately, a pair of disastrous outings (13 combined earned runs over the span of two innings) marred his overall numbers. He threw roughly 20 fewer innings than he did in 2015 despite making one additional start as manager A.J. Hinch was quick to give him the hook on his off nights. Home runs were a problem (25 allowed), but an improvement there in 2017 could return McHugh to mixed-league prominence. While there is some uncertainty at the back of the Houston rotation, McHugh should be secure in his role entering spring training.
After a 2014 breakout that put him in the AL Rookie of the Year conversation, McHugh entered last season with an assured rotation spot with the Astros. The 28-year-old picked up right where he left off, going 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA in April before suffering his first loss of the season on May 12. McHugh wasn't at his best from May through July, but a strong August (1.89 ERA) and four wins in September attributed to solid numbers overall, as he finished 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 171:53 K:BB ratio over 203.2 innings. While his 19 wins were tied for third-best in the majors, his strikeout rate (7.6 K/9) dipped slightly, but that may be attributed to less use of his curveball and slider. The right-hander will open 2016 in the upper half of Houston's rotation after earning his first postseason victory with a win over the Royals in Game 1 of the ALDS.
McHugh opened 2014 in the minors after a disastrous spring (14.29 ERA), but he received a quick call from Houston when Scott Feldman's injury opened up a spot in the rotation. Once he arrived, he never looked back, going 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 157:41 K:BB in 154.2 innings (25 starts). His curveball and slider were particularly effective, attributing to a career-best 9.1 K/9 ratio. McHugh's impressive season put him in the AL Rookie of the Year conversation, and while he didn't win the award, he definitely assured himself a spot in the Astros' starting rotation to open 2015.
The fifth spot in the Rockies' rotation was a continual trouble spot throughout the second half of the season, and McHugh was arguably the worst of those who filled the role, going 0-3 with a 9.95 ERA in his three starts. Despite his quality minor league numbers, McHugh has been abysmal over his 47 innings in the big leagues, with his strikeout rate bottoming out and an inability to avoid the long ball proving to be his biggest pitfalls. McHugh will compete for an Opening Day roster spot, in a role to be determined, with the Astros during spring training after being claimed off waivers in December.
McHugh held his own after a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo last season, carrying a 70:29 K:BB and finding a way to retire hitters without an overpowering arsenal. After throwing 129 innings between two levels in 2011, McHugh was likely out of gas by the time he broke through to the big leagues, having already logged 148.1 innings over 25 starts between Binghamton and Buffalo. If there are any openings in the rotation when the season begins, McHugh figures to be in the mix to handle a temporary spot as the team's fifth starter, but he will have to fend off Jeremy Hefner and youngsters Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler to keep that spot.
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Activated from COVID-19 IL
PAtlanta Braves
June 16, 2022
Atlanta reinstated McHugh (illness) from the COVID-19-related injured list Thursday.
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Lands on injured list
PAtlanta Braves
Illness
June 7, 2022
McHugh was placed on the injured list Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Charged with blown save Sunday
PAtlanta Braves
May 16, 2022
McHugh didn't allow a baserunner in two-thirds of an inning during Sunday's loss to the Padres.
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Stuck with loss Friday
PAtlanta Braves
May 7, 2022
McHugh (0-1) took the loss Friday as Atlanta fell 6-3 to the Brewers, giving up two runs on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning.
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Picks up first hold
PAtlanta Braves
May 3, 2022
McHugh struck out the only batter he faced in Monday's 5-2 win over the Mets to record his first hold of the season.
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