Duane Underwood

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2022.
Collects first career save
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 14, 2022
Underwood walked one in a scoreless ninth inning during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader to record his first save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Reds.
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The 28-year-old righty came into the season with zero career saves over 114 appearances in the majors, but Underwood got the call in Tuesday's nightcap as the Pirates continue to mix and match in high-leverage spots. With David Bednar (back) closing in on his return, however, Underwood likely won't get another save chance. His 4.41 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 43:22 K:BB through 49 innings on the year don't make a strong case for one, either.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Duane Underwood
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Underwood continues to battle injury problems, most notably elbow ailments. The 22-year-old tossed just 73 innings in 2016 after throwing only 78.1 innings in 2015. The majority of innings for Underwood this past season came at Double-A Tennessee, where he posted a 4.91 ERA and 46:31 K:BB in 58.2 innings. Perhaps not surprising for a pitcher battling elbow issues and unable to stay on the field, Underwood struggled with his command. Those command problems have been prevalent throughout Underwood's professional career, but the lack of time on the mound certainly didn't help his cause. Underwood's stock has taken a bit of a nosedive entering the 2017 campaign, which will likely start at Double-A, assuming he is healthy. Despite being drafted in the second round in 2012, Underwood has never pitched more than 101 innings in a single season in the minors.
Underwood, a second-round draft pick out of high school in 2012, missed almost two months of the season last year with an elbow injury. Fortunately it wasn't major damage to the elbow and the Cubs were able to play it safe, but the time on the shelf muted his breakout campaign. He started 14 games for High-A Myrtle Beach, posting a 2.58 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, but his strikeout rate was a shaky 5.9. Even more concerning is the strong season may have been fueled by a .225 BABIP - the low strikeout rate and low BABIP contributed to a mediocre 4.10 FIP. He's considered one of the better pitching prospects in the Cubs' system, but elbow discomfort limited him early in camp, so owners will need to cross their fingers and hope this doesn't develop into something that requires surgery.
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Hit with loss as opener
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 8, 2022
Underwood (1-6) took the loss in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, giving up one run on two hits in one inning. He struck out one.
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Tabbed to start Wednesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 6, 2022
Underwood will start Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Chris Halicke of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Cleared for return
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 3, 2022
The Pirates reinstated Underwood (illness) from the COVID-19-related injured list Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Ready for rehab assignment
PPittsburgh Pirates
Illness
June 26, 2022
Underwood (illness) will report to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday to begin a rehab assignment, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Heads to COVID-19 IL
PPittsburgh Pirates
Illness
June 13, 2022
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