Duane Underwood
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Duane Underwood in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Optioned to Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 26, 2018
Underwood was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Underwood was effective over four innings Monday in his major-league debut, but he was only needed for the lone spot start, so the Cubs decided to send him back to Iowa in order to continue starting every five days. He will garner consideration the next time the club needs to bring up an arm from the minor-league ranks.
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How does Duane Underwood compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
1.00
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
6.8
 
HR/9
2.3
 
Fastball
0.0 mph
 
ERA
2.25
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.108
 
GB/FB
1.25
 
Strand %
100.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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 Underwood this past season came at Double-A Tennessee, where he posted a 4.91 ERA and 46:31 K:BB in 58.2 innings. Perhaps not surprising for a pitcher battling elbow issues and unable to stay on the field, Underwood struggled with his command. Those command problems have been prevalent throughout Underwood's professional career, but the lack of time on the mound certainly didn't help his cause. Underwood's stock has taken a bit of a nosedive entering the 2017 campaign, which will likely start at Double-A, assuming he is healthy. Despite being drafted in the second round in 2012, Underwood has never pitched more than 101 innings in a single season in the minors.
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.
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Takes loss in spot start
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 26, 2018
Underwood (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts through four innings in a loss Monday against the Dodgers.
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Officially recalled to start Monday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 25, 2018
Underwood was officially recalled from Triple-A Iowa to start Monday against the Dodgers.
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Will make major-league debut Monday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 24, 2018
Underwood will start Monday against the Dodgers, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Option for Monday's start
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 24, 2018
Underwood could start for the Cubs on Monday against the Reds, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Limited walks at Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  AAA
May 29, 2018
Underwood tossed seven innings of two-run ball for Triple-A Iowa in its 5-4 win over New Orleans on Monday. He gave up four hits and no walks and struck out three.
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