Every day the Mets move closer to starting the 2013 with only four rotational givens: Santana, Niese, Harvey and Gee. That leaves Mejia, Familia, Schwinden, Hefner and a certain fella named McHugh. You might be asking, “McWho?” but by the end of Spring Training I would hardly be surprised if Collin McHugh were to be anointed as the 5th starter in the rotation.
The reason why isn’t going to shock anyone. The #1 thing that the Mets need to replace from R.A. Dickey is the innings and McHugh’s control and 4-pitch ability allow him to be a pretty consistent (if not quite astounding) option. Though, a number of people were pretty happy with Dillon Gee who actually profiles as having a bit less “Stuff” than McHugh.
Fastball: 89-92 MPH (Tops out at 93)
Curveball: 71-74 MPH (Described as “Looping”)
Cutter/Slider: 84-86 MPH
Changeup: 80-81 MPH (Weakest Pitch)
McHugh’s 2012 was spent between AA, AAA and the MLB. His MLB numbers are not worth mentioning but they weren’t great. His AA and AAA stays are more on target for his development, so let’s take a peak.
- AA: 12 Games, 74.2 IP, 63 Hits, 1.071 WHIP, 2.41 ERA, 65 K’s and 17 BBs
- AAA: 13 Games, 73.2 IP, 60 Hits, 1.208 WHIP, 3.42 ERA, 70 K’s and 29 BBs
What does that bump in stats tell you? Well, that better hitters are going to walk more and score more against McHugh but he’s going to give up less than 1 hit per inning and a pretty credible 8.0 K/9 average. That’s better than quite a few pitchers who are expected to have brighter futures than he. Pay close attention to McHugh as he’s going through his reps this spring because come Summer you could be seeing more.