The Astros claimed Collin McHugh off waivers from the Colorado Rockies earlier this afternoon. Troy Renck of the Denver Post was the first to report the news.
In something separate, the Astros have claimed pitcher Collin McHugh, according to source. Good guy. Wish him well
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) December 18, 2013
McHugh, was drafted in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the New York Mets. The 26-year old was designated for assignment by the Rockies this past Monday to make room for Boone Logan. The Astros claimed him and expect him to battle for a rotation spot this Spring Training. Jeff Luhnow added, “We like him as a starter, so he will be in the group competing for the rotation.”
McHugh started the 2013 season with the New York Mets before being traded to the Rockies in June for Eric Young. McHugh appeared in just 7 games (5 starts) in 2013 and finished with a 10.04 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 26 innings. Over 2 seasons, he has a career 8.94 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 47.1 innings at the MLB level.
Though he has struggled at the major league level, McHugh has had much success in the minors. Over six career MiLB seasons, he has a 3.34 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP with a 8.8 K/9. McHugh also won pitcher of the year in 2011 for the Binghamton Mets.
With at least seven starters in front of McHugh, he will likely need a strong Spring Training to make the club. Scott Feldman is locked into the starting rotation after signing a 3-year $30 million deal this offseason. Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, Paul Clemens, and Jarred Cosart are all young pitchers who impressed at times in 2013 and will get longer looks in Spring Training. Dallas Keuchel and Lucas Harrell are also likely ahead of McHugh on the depth chart.
With McHugh, the Astros 40-man roster stands at 40. The Astros are still expected to sign another player or two, which would force the Astros to either DFA or trade a player off the 40-man roster. Stay tuned!