22-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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 Underwo...
Duane Underwood Contract Information:
Underwood signed with the Cubs in July of 2012.
Underwood was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster Friday.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsAlmora, Albert (OF)
AAAAcevedo, Andury (P)
AACaratini, Victor (C)
ADe La Cruz, Oscar (P)
RookieAdeman, Aramis (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.