Now that the 2012 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting rotation, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) as our Mets 101 Player Review series returns. In each review we will take a look at one player's 2012 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2013. Today we will look at starting pitcher Collin McHugh.
2012 Stats: 8 Appearances, 4 Starts, 0-4, 21.1 Innings Pitched, 7.59 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 17 Strikeouts, 8 Walks, 0 Complete Games, 0 Shutouts.
2012 Story: After it became official that Johan Santana would be shut down for the remainder of the season, the team found Collin McHugh to be one of the answers. Though no one can replace a pitching great, the rookie made an impressive major league debut. McHugh hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out nine Colorado Rockies batters in the process. McHugh became the fifth pitcher since the turn of the century to earn nine or more strikeouts, no runs, and two or fewer hits in a major-league debut. However, though he had an impressive start, McHugh's lack of big league experience would show.
McHugh continued to show flashes of talent, but he struggled to adjust to the big leagues after that tremendous first start. It needs to be mentioned that McHugh did throw a combined 168 and 1/3 innings between Buffalo and the Mets in 2012. That figure represents a career high, so it is possible that McHugh ran out of gas towards the end of the year.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 95%
2013 Role: McHugh, alongside Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner, provides some quality young pitching for the Mets in 2013. If he can develop to his full potential, Mets fans could find McHugh to be another keeper.
I feel bringing back this young pitcher is a no brainer. When you look at his total innings pitched, it's no surprise that a young pitcher who is still adjusting to better competition and longer outings, seemed to run out of steam for his last appearances for the year. Though he does not have the greatest of power pitching, he does have an array of pitches that he can choose from to throw. Being almost very similar to Dillon Gee.
As for his role, it will be interesting. I feel, like Harvey, that McHugh is major league ready. The Mets, however, have a pretty big pileup of starting pitching at the moment. The starting five projects to be some combination of Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Dillon Gee. It doesn't matter what order you put them in, those should be the first five up. McHugh will likely start 2013 in Las Vegas to work on his command and off speed pitches, but if the Mets suffer from injury or ineffectiveness in the rotation McHugh could be the next man up.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Mets 101's player review of Second Baseman Daniel Murphy!
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