Remember that crowded Astros bullpen we talked about on Tuesday? Things just got more crowded, as the Houston Astros claimed Collin McHugh from the Rockies Wednesday, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck.
In something separate, the Astros have claimed pitcher Collin McHugh, according to source. Good guy. Wish him well
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) December 18, 2013
McHugh started last season with the New York Mets and spent time with both the Mets and the Rockies Triple-A affiliates. The right-hander threw 26 innings last season in the majors for both teams, posting a 0-4 record with an ERA of 10.04 and an FIP of 5.78. His peripherals were off thanks to a ghastly 3.81 strikeout rate in those innings and a 2.08 home run per nine rate.
In his minor league career, McHugh posted strikeout numbers. His lowest K/9 rate of his career came in 53 innings for the Mets Triple-A affiliate last season and that was at 6.92. His walk rate has always been low and his fastball, though not overpowering, has been decent. In fact, McHugh features a five-pitch mix that includes a four-seam and a two-seam fastball, a curve, a change and a slider.
If I had to guess, McHugh sees his slider percentage drop this season in favor of the change and sees his four-seam reliance drop for more emphasis on his two-seamer. But, that's just a guess.
With McHugh's claim, the Astros 40-man roster stands full at 40, meaning they need to make roster moves to add free agent relievers or a certain high-priced outfielder.