Collin McHugh

Collin McHugh
McHugh with the Houston Astros in 2015
Houston Astros – No. 31
Starting Pitcher
Born: (1987-06-19) June 19, 1987
Naperville, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 23, 2012, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through August 27, 2018)
Win–loss record 53–38
Earned run average 3.87
Strikeouts 671
Career highlights and awards

Collin Alexander McHugh (born June 19, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies.

Professional career

New York Mets

McHugh was drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Berry College.

McHugh was called up on August 22, 2012 and he made his MLB debut on August 23 against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field.[1][2] He pitched 7 scoreless innings and got 9 strikeouts while surrendering 2 hits and a walk.[3] Despite his performance, McHugh did not get the win and the Mets lost 1-0. McHugh would wind up making a couple more starts before being demoted on August 24 to make room for Jeremy Hefner.[4]

Colorado Rockies

The Mets traded McHugh to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Eric Young, Jr. on June 18, 2013.[5] He was designated for assignment on December 16, 2013.[6]

Houston Astros

On December 18, 2013 McHugh was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.[6] He had a career year in 2014, finishing with 11 wins and led the team in ERA, with a 2.73 mark.[7]

In 2015, McHugh finished 2nd in the American League in wins with 19, behind teammate Dallas Keuchel's 20 wins.

McHugh began the 2017 season on the 10-day disabled list due to tendonitis in his right shoulder. On April 6, 2017, he left a game while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno after feeling tightness in his elbow and biceps. With posterior impingement in his right elbow, McHugh was ruled out for an extended period of time.[8]

He appeared in two games of the postseason, pitching a combined total of six innings, allowing a total of one hit and three runs. The Astros won the 2017 World Series, their first in franchise history.[9]

Personal life

McHugh married longtime girlfriend Ashley Buzzy in 2009 in Athens, Georgia. The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Elder, in December 2015.[10]


  1. Prospect McHugh set to make debut Thursday
  2. "Mets 101 Game Preview: Colorado Rockies at New York Mets".
  3. "McHugh's sensational debut goes unrewarded". Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. "Mets option McHugh to make room for Hefner". Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  5. "Mets Trade McHugh For Eric Young Jr.; Designate Cowgill For Assignment". CBS News New York. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. 1 2 Footer, Alyson (December 18, 2013). "Astros claim McHugh off waivers from Rockies". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. "Astros hire A.J. Hinch as manager". Associated Press. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  8. Macklin, Oliver. "McHugh out at least 6 weeks with elbow injury". MLB. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  9. McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  10. "Astros' Collin McHugh helping to raise money for cancer research and patient care". Chron. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
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