Duane Underwood Jr.

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Duane Lee Underwood Jr. (born July 20, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Duane Underwood Jr.
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Underwood with the Chicago Cubs in 2019
Chicago Cubs – No. 51
Born: (1994-07-20) July 20, 1994 (age 25)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 25, 2018, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average4.60


Underwood was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft out of Alan C. Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia.[1][2] He had committed to play college baseball for the Georgia Bulldogs,[3] but instead signed with the Cubs, making his professional debut that same year with the Arizona League Cubs. He spent 2013 with the Boise Hawks and 2014 with the Kane County Cougars.[4] For 2015, Underwood was promoted to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, where he posted a 2.58 ERA in 73.1 innings. Underwood spent 2016 with the Tennessee Smokies, South Bend Cubs, and Myrtle Beach Pelicans, where he posted an 0–6 record with a 4.32 ERA.[5] After the season, Underwood played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League and was added to the Cubs 40-man roster.[6][7] He spent 2017 with the Tennessee Smokies where he went 13–7 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 25 games.[8]

Underwood started the 2018 season with the Iowa Cubs. On June 25, 2018, Underwood was promoted to the major leagues and made his first start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[9] He was optioned back to Iowa after the game, and spent the remainder of the year in Iowa. He returned to Iowa to begin 2019. He returned to the Chicago Cubs in 2019 and struck out all 6 batters he faced in his first appearance on August 6.


  1. ^ "Cubs go for high upside in Duane Underwood in 2nd round". chicagonow.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Pope Baseball Star Drafted by Cubs". East Cobb, Georgia Patch. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Duane Underwood - Player Profile". Perfect Game USA. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune (July 31, 2014). "Duane Underwood controlling what he can control -- his control". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Duane Underwood Jr. Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Major League Baseball - Winter Leagues - Arizona Fall League". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Cubs add five to 40-man roster, including two lefty relievers". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Duane Underwood Jr. Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Cubs' Duane Underwood: Officially recalled to start Monday". CBSSports.com. 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2018-06-26.

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