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Collin Alexander McHugh (born June 19, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies.

Collin McHugh
Collin McHugh on October 8, 2015.jpg
McHugh with the Houston Astros in 2015
Houston Astros – No. 31
Starting pitcher
Born: (1987-06-19) June 19, 1987 (age 32)
Naperville, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 23, 2012, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2019 Season)
Win–loss record57-43
Earned run average3.95
Career highlights and awards

Amateur careerEdit

Born in Naperville, Illinois, McHugh graduated from Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Georgia, and attended Berry College. In 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Chatham A's and the Wareham Gatemen. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Professional careerEdit

New York MetsEdit

McHugh pitching for the New York Mets in 2012

McHugh was called up on August 22, 2012 and he made his MLB debut on August 23 against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field.[1][2] He pitched 7 scoreless innings and got 9 strikeouts while surrendering 2 hits and a walk.[3] Despite his performance, McHugh did not get the win and the Mets lost 1-0. McHugh would wind up making a couple more starts before being demoted on August 24 to make room for Jeremy Hefner.[4]

Colorado RockiesEdit

The Mets traded McHugh to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Eric Young, Jr. on June 18, 2013.[5] He was designated for assignment on December 16, 2013.[6]

Houston AstrosEdit

On December 18, 2013 McHugh was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.[6] He had a career year in 2014, finishing with 11 wins and led the team in ERA, with a 2.73 mark.[7]

In 2015, McHugh had a career year, finishing 2nd in the American League in wins with 19, behind teammate Dallas Keuchel's 20 wins.

In 2016, McHugh pitched in a career high 33 starts, finishing 13–10 with an ERA of 4.34 in ​184 23 innings.

McHugh began the 2017 season on the 10-day disabled list due to tendonitis in his right shoulder. On April 6, 2017, he left a game while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno after feeling tightness in his elbow and biceps. With posterior impingement in his right elbow, McHugh was ruled out for an extended period of time.[8] He was limited to just 12 starts.

He appeared in two games of the postseason, pitching a combined total of six innings, allowing a total of one hit and three runs. The Astros won the 2017 World Series, their first in franchise history.[9]

McHugh made the transition to a relief role in 2018, appearing in 58 games. He finished with an ERA of 1.99 in ​72 13 innings, striking out 94. In 2018, he had the third-lowest swing rate for his in-strike-zone sliders of any pitcher in baseball (43.9%), behind only Aroldis Chapman (42.5%) and Robert Stock (43.1%).[10]

At the start of the 2019 season, McHugh was given a chance at opening as a starter for the Astros, a job he secured in Spring Training. He was demoted on May 11, 2019 to the bullpen after 8 starts. At the time of his demotion, he had registered an ERA of 6.37 in 41 innings.

International careerEdit

On October 29, 2018, he was selected MLB All-Stars at 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series[11]

Personal lifeEdit

McHugh married longtime girlfriend Ashley Buzzy in 2009 in Athens, Georgia. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Elder, in December 2015.[12]


  1. ^ Prospect McHugh set to make debut Thursday
  2. ^ "Mets 101 Game Preview: Colorado Rockies at New York Mets".
  3. ^ "McHugh's sensational debut goes unrewarded". Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Mets option McHugh to make room for Hefner". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Mets Trade McHugh For Eric Young Jr.; Designate Cowgill For Assignment". CBS News New York. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b Footer, Alyson (December 18, 2013). "Astros claim McHugh off waivers from Rockies". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Astros hire A.J. Hinch as manager". Associated Press. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  8. ^ Macklin, Oliver. "McHugh out at least 6 weeks with elbow injury". MLB. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  9. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "2018日米野球 MLBオールスターチーム コーチ・出場予定選手発表". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). October 29, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Astros' Collin McHugh helping to raise money for cancer research and patient care". Chron. Retrieved December 21, 2017.

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