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Phil Hughes

27-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins

2014 Stats

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7.20

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1.67

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Things took a turn for the worse with Hughes last season, as he put up a disastrous 4-14 record with a 5.52 ERA. Hughes' tendency to give up home runs is well documented, and while he did give up 24 l...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 240   DOB: 6/24/1986   BORN: Mission Viejo, CA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Phil Hughes Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins in late November of 2013.

April 19, 2014  –  Phil Hughes News

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Hughes (right index finder) says his fingernail has healed, and it will not be a problem for him in his start Sunday at Kansas City, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Phil Hughes Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 19 A Tam 5 4 0 17.2 8 6 0 21 4 2 0 0 3.06 0.70
2005 19 A Cha 12 12 0 68.2 46 15 1 72 16 7 1 0 1.97 0.91
2006 20 A A 5 5 0 30.0 19 6 0 30 2 2 3 0 1.80 0.70
2006 20 AA TRE 21 21 0 116.0 72 27 5 138 32 10 3 0 2.09 0.90
2007 21 AA TRE 2 2 0 7.0 5 1 0 11 2 0 0 0 1.29 1.00
2007 21 AAA SCR 5 5 0 28.7 16 7 0 28 8 4 1 0 2.20 0.84
2007 21 MAJ NYY 13 13 0 72.7 64 36 8 58 29 5 3 0 4.46 1.28
2008 22 AAA SCR 6 6 0 29.0 34 19 2 31 9 1 0 0 5.90 1.48
2008 22 MAJ NYY 8 8 0 34.0 43 25 3 23 15 0 4 0 6.62 1.71
2009 23 AAA SCR 3 3 0 19.3 17 4 2 19 3 3 0 0 1.86 1.03
2009 23 MAJ NYY 51 7 0 86.0 68 29 8 96 28 8 3 3 3.03 1.12
2010 24 MAJ NYY 31 29 0 176.3 162 82 25 146 58 18 8 0 0 0 4.19 1.25
2011 25 A Sta 2 1 0 4.1 3 1 1 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.08 0.98
2011 25 AA Tre 2 2 0 9.2 6 2 0 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 1.86 1.09
2011 25 MAJ NYY 17 14 1 74.7 84 48 9 47 27 5 5 0 0 0 5.79 1.49
2012 26 MAJ NYY 32 32 0 191.3 196 89 35 165 46 16 13 0 0 0 4.19 1.26
2013 27 MAJ NYY 30 29 0 145.7 170 84 24 121 42 4 14 0 0 0 5.19 1.46
2014 28 MAJ MIN 3 3 0 15.0 20 12 2 17 5 0 1 0 0 0 7.20 1.67
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Phil Hughes
3-Year Averages MAJ   26 25 0 137.2 150 73 22 111 38 8 10 0 0 0 4.79 1.37
Career  (View All) MAJ   185 135 1 795.7 807 405 114 673 250 56 51 3 4.58 1.33

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Phil Hughes Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 15 Tor 5.0 8 4 4 0 1 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 7.20 1.67
Apr. 9 Oak 5.0 5 4 4 0 3 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.20 1.60
Apr. 3 @CWS 5.0 7 4 4 2 1 7 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.20 1.60
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
10.0 13 8 8 0 4 10 0 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 7.20 1.70
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
15.0 20 12 12 2 5 17 1 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 7.20 1.67
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
15.0 20 12 12 2 5 17 1 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 7.20 1.67

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Phil Hughes Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201335768299627113.298
201242281298213211.211
20112052415581234.312

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201328553137411211.286
2012393841711429124.308
2011125221126505.241

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201378.311007418176.321.54
201298.711408526223.741.19
201133.312025967.831.65

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201367.3340472473.881.35
201292.75908020134.761.35
201140.3430211734.241.36
Phil Hughes Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 19 A Tam 5 4 17.2 10.99 2.09 5.25 0.00 50% 3.06 1.46 .225
2005 19 A Cha 12 12 68.2 9.50 2.11 4.50 0.13 77% 1.97 1.98 .272
2006 20 A A 5 5 30.0 9.00 0.60 15.00 0.00 71.4% 1.80 1.50 .258
2006 20 AA TRE 21 21 116.0 10.71 2.48 4.31 0.39 77.8% 2.09 2.26 .262
2007 21 AA TRE 2 2 7.0 14.14 2.57 5.50 0.00 85.7% 1.29 .91 .364
2007 21 AAA SCR 5 5 28.7 8.79 2.51 3.50 0.00 70.8% 2.20 2.19 .232
2007 21 MAJ NYY 13 13 72.7 7.18 3.59 2.00 0.99 0.76 67.1% 4.46 4.27 .276
2008 22 AAA SCR 6 6 29.0 9.62 2.79 3.44 0.62 58.5% 5.90 3.10 .387
2008 22 MAJ NYY 8 8 34.0 6.09 3.97 1.53 0.79 0.86 60% 91.2 MPH 6.62 4.36 .354
2009 23 AAA SCR 3 3 19.3 8.84 1.40 6.33 0.93 88.9% 1.86 3.04 .297
2009 23 MAJ NYY 51 7 86.0 10.05 2.93 3.43 0.84 0.76 76.1% 93.8 MPH 3.03 3.19 .291
2010 24 MAJ NYY 31 29 176.3 7.45 2.96 2.52 1.28 0.82 70.8% 92.6 MPH 4.19 4.37 .281
2011 25 A Sta 2 1 4.1 15.37 2.20 7.00 2.20 100% 2.08 3.69 .305
2011 25 AA Tre 2 2 9.2 10.76 3.91 2.75 0.00 80% 1.86 2.11 .286
2011 25 MAJ NYY 17 14 74.7 5.67 3.25 1.74 1.08 0.71 61.8% 91.3 MPH 5.79 4.75 .314
2012 26 MAJ NYY 32 32 191.3 7.76 2.16 3.59 1.65 0.67 73.9% 92.1 MPH 4.19 4.67 .301
2013 27 MAJ NYY 30 29 145.7 7.48 2.59 2.88 1.48 0.71 68.1% 92.4 MPH 5.19 4.65 .335
2014 28 MAJ MIN 3 3 15.0 10.20 3.00 3.40 1.20 0.94 56.5% 91.8 MPH 7.20 3.87 .416
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Phil Hughes
3-Year Averages MAJ   26 25 137.2 7.28 2.49 2.92 1.44 69.3% 4.79 4.50 .317
Career MAJ   185 135 795.7 7.61 2.83 2.69 1.29 69.1% 4.58 4.34 .306

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2014 Stat Review for Phil Hughes    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.40 K/BB
GOOD
10.20 K/9
ELITE
3.00 BB/9
WEAK
91.8 MPH Fastball
GOOD
1.2 HR/9
POOR
0.94 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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7.20 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.67 WHIP
TERRIBLE
3.87 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.416 BABIP
HIGH
56.5% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Phil Hughes (by OPS against, min 10 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Miguel Cabrera DET 25 14 5 11 1 3 0 .560 1.280 1.873
David DeJesus TB 10 6 1 5 0 2 0 .600 1.100 1.700
Matt Joyce TB 15 7 2 5 5 1 0 .467 1.067 1.686
Ryan Doumit ATL 12 7 2 5 0 2 0 .583 1.083 1.667
Jose Reyes TOR 10 4 2 3 1 1 0 .400 1.200 1.655
Mike Carp BOS 10 5 1 2 3 2 0 .500 .900 1.515
David Wright NY-N 12 5 2 4 0 4 0 .417 1.083 1.500
Nate McLouth WAS 14 8 0 0 1 2 0 .571 .857 1.457
James Loney TB 11 7 0 1 0 0 0 .636 .818 1.455
Trevor Plouffe MIN 10 3 2 2 2 0 0 .300 .900 1.317

Best Matchups for Phil Hughes (by OPS against, min 10 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Cody Ross AZ 14 2 0 0 1 1 0 .143 .214 .414
Jed Lowrie OAK 12 1 0 1 3 3 0 .083 .083 .350
Alexei Ramirez CHI-A 14 2 0 0 1 1 0 .143 .143 .343
A.J. Pierzynski BOS 18 3 0 0 0 2 0 .167 .167 .333
Brian Roberts NY-A 17 2 0 1 0 3 0 .118 .176 .288
Gordon Beckham CHI-A 14 1 0 0 0 7 1 .071 .143 .214
J.P. Arencibia TEX 15 1 0 0 1 8 1 .067 .067 .192
Alex Avila DET 11 1 0 0 0 5 0 .091 .091 .182
Elvis Andrus TEX 13 1 0 2 0 2 0 .077 .077 .154
Ben Zobrist TB 16 0 0 2 2 2 0 .000 .000 .105

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Phil Hughes: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Hughes developed an issue with the fingernail on his right index finger during Tuesday's start which limited the use of his curveball, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I always cut my nail before a start,” Hughes said. "If my index fingernail gets too long, I can't spike the curveball. I have to make sure it's pretty short. I just cut it too short, and the skin just peeled back a little bit on the other side of it. It didn’t spring up until the fifth inning."

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Hughes gave up four earned runs on eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in five innings Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

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Hughes gave up four runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts over five innings in Thursday's no-decision at the White Sox.

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Hughes gave up four runs over 5.1 innings on 10 hits with two strikeouts in Friday's spring training loss to Boston. His spring ERA rose to 4.74.

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Hughes gave up one run over six innings with seven strikeouts in a minor league spring game Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He's also thrown 8.1 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and two walks in major league spring games.

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Hughes allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings of work in his first start of the spring.

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Hughes will switch to using a curveball as his primary offspead pitch this season from the slider he used last year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "We've seen him get in a pattern where he's going hard-hard," pitching coach Rick Anderson said. "If he gets [his curveball] going, and we're working on a changeup a little bit, the change of speeds makes him better. If he uses the other pitches to slow the ball down, it helps his [faster] stuff."

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Hughes bounced back from his dreadful 2011 to have a decent season in 2012, but his tendency to give up homers held him back from further success. Hughes gave up 35 long balls in 191.1 innings, and surrendered a little more than a hit per inning, but his good control (Hughes averaged 2.2 BB/9) kept his ERA and WHIP in check. We've seen enough of Hughes at the major league level to know that the 26-year-old is unlikely to develop into the frontline starter he appeared to be in the minors, but as a league-average starter on a good team, Hughes is certainly useful in AL-only and deep mixed formats.

2012

After winning 18 games in 2010, Hughes came into 2011 with high expectations and was a huge disappointment, giving up 16 runs in 10.1 innings before hitting the DL with a shoulder injury. Upon his return, Hughes had eight excellent starts in which he gave up two earned runs or fewer, and three disasters when he gave up six earned runs or more. Hughes said he's committed to working harder in the offseason to avoid the injury problems that plagued him in 2011. Despite that fact that it seems like he's been around forever, he's still just 25 and has untapped growth potential.

2011

Hughes' first season as a full-time starter got off to a brilliant start, but he lost some steam in the second half, posting a 4.90 ERA and a 1.9 K/BB ratio after the All-Star break. However, he had never thrown more than 86 big league innings in a season before last year, so fatigue down the stretch undoubtedly played a role in his struggles. Now free of his innings restrictions, Hughes figures to be more consistent and may even improve on last year's 7.5 K/9IP. He should earn plenty of wins as well with the Yankees' potent offense backing him up.

2010

Hughes opened 2009 as a starter but lasted just seven outings before the Yankees elected to shift course and transition him to the bullpen. He eventually emerged as the chief setup man for supercloser Mariano Rivera, recording a 1.40 ERA and racking up a blistering 65:13 K:BB ratio in 51.1 innings out of the bullpen. The Yankees plan to move him back to the rotation for 2010, though he'll have to compete for the role this spring. Remember that he’s just 23 years old, so expect an innings restriction similar to Joba Chamberlain’s last year if he does stick as a starter.

2009

Injuries derailed the Yankees' young phenom again last season, as he made just 14 starts -- eight with New York -- and compiled 63 innings during his second run at the big leagues. Just one year ago, the Yankees wouldn't pull the trigger on a deal centered around Hughes to put Johan Santana in pinstripes, but now it seems that the organization's patience with their potential young ace is being tested. Manager Joe Girardi said that his place in the rotation isn't guaranteed, but Hughes' excellent stint in the Arizona Fall League -- 2-0, 3.00 ERA, .198 BAA and 38:13 K:BB in 30 innings -- should give him the leg up on a rotation spot provided that the Yankees don't go overboard to rebuild their corps of starters via free agency. Keep in mind that he'll turn just 23 in June, and that none of his ailments over the last two seasons have been of the elbow or shoulder variety. There's still plenty to like here.

2008

The Yankees are hoping that Hughes will be the ace of their rotation before too long, and while he might be slotted into the middle of the rotation in 2008, it shouldn't be long before he knocks Chien-ming Wang off the perch as the club's No. 1 starter. His numbers as a rookie weren't as strong as the hype might have called for, but remember that Hughes was carrying a no-hitter through 6.2 innings in his second career start before a severe hamstring strain and subsequent ankle injury cost him three months. Hughes should begin to fully deliver on his potential as one of the game's premier young hurlers by season's end.

2007

One of the most coveted pitching prospects in all of baseball, even the prospect-peddling Yankees were unwilling to move Hughes when the trade deadline approached last July. He'll turn 21 years old this June, and he's already torn up hitters through the Double-A level, holding opponents to a .176 average in 21 starts for Trenton in 2006. He should start the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but if any question marks arise from the back of the New York rotation, Hughes may be the answer as early as this season.

2006

Hughes is the best pitching prospect in the Yankees system. He's just 19 years old and struck out 93 in 86 1/3 IP at two levels in 2005. He should start 2006 at Double-A, and it's not unreasonable to think he'll be in the Yankees rotation by mid-2007. Given the Yankees' renewed focus on keeping their youngsters around, there's a better-than-even chance he'll make it to the Bronx.

2004

The big Californian drafted out of high school can get up to 95 mph with his fastball but needs to refine his secondary pitches a great deal. He's raw with a huge potential but will need a good deal of instruction to become a proficient starter.