Last name is pronounced: mik-hyoo... Graduated from Providence Christian Academy (Lilburn, Ga.) in 2005...went on to attend Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga.... went 13-9 with five saves over his career at Berry College from 2006-08...would later become the first player in Berry College history to reach the Major Leagues... Following his sophomore year, pitched for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League, where he was teammates with Dallas Keuchel ... Was selected by the Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 draft...signed by Mets scout Marlin McPhail... Has been writing sporadically for his blog "A Day Older, a Day Wiser" since 2008... his blog entries have been featured on ESPNNewYork.com... Can play guitar, saxophone, bass clarinet, drums and the ukulele...his song of choice for karaoke is "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan... His wife, Ashley Buzzy McHugh, owns her own calligraphy and print-making company, Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press, which started in 2010... Claimed off waivers by Houston from Colorado on Dec. 18, 2013...has pitched for the Astros for three seasons (2014-16)... became eligible for arbitration for the first time in the 2016-17 offseason.
Recorded his third consecutive season with double-digit wins while leading the Astros in starts, innings pitched (184.2), strikeouts (177) and wins...became the first Astros pitcher with three consecutive seasons with double-digit wins since LHP Wandy Rodriguez from 2009-11...was one of 10 Major League pitchers to post 10+ wins, 170+ strikeouts and 180+ innings pitched in both 2015 and 2016...established new single-season career highs in starts and strikeouts...was tied for the club lead in quality starts (16) with LHP Dallas Keuchel and RHP Doug Fister...posted the eighth-highest soft contact rate in the AL (20%)...finished the season on a six-game winning streak for the second consecutive year...the Astros won 8 of his last 9 starts...posted a 4-0 record with a 1.41 ERA (5ER/32IP) and 30 strikeouts in five starts against the Mariners...only three Major League pitchers all-time posted a lower single-season ERA against the Mariners than McHugh's 1.41 in 2016 (min. five starts): LHP Brett Anderson (0.80 in 2010), LHP Matt Harrison (1.11 in 2012) and RHP Kenny Rogers (1.25 in 2002)...bounced back from a rough season debut on April 6 at NYY (5ER/0.1IP) with a scoreless 7.0-inning gem on April 11 vs. KC...per Elias, became the fourth pitcher in a 30-year span to pitch 7.0+ scoreless innings in a start immediately following one in which they allowed at least six runs while being lifted from the game in the 1st inning...was one of the AL's top strikeout collectors from mid-May through the end of the season...ranked seventh in the AL in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.17, 147SO/144.1IP) and 10th in strikeouts over his final 25 starts (starting on May 19)...Houston went 17-8 in those 25 starts...on May 25 vs. BAL, became the sixth pitcher in club history to record 10+ strikeouts in a game where he threw 5.1 innings or less...allowed three earned runs or less in seven straight starts from June 15-July 23...was his longest streak since a career-long, 14-game run from 2014-15...struck out 10 batters on Aug. 3 vs. TOR for his third double-digit strikeout game of the year...the Astros won seven consecutive starts made by McHugh from Aug. 19-Sept. 21...went 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA (10ER/36.2IP) and 31 strikeouts in September/October... was the only AL pitcher to go 4-0 or better in September/October, and ranked seventh in opponent batting average (.197) and eighth in ERA in that span...extended his win streak in September to 11 games after going 3-0 during the month in 2016...has gone undefeated in 14 September starts as an Astro (since 2014)...per Elias, it's the Majors' longest current win streak in September...the only other pitcher to post a longer September win streak was LHP Randy Johnson, who won 19 consecutive decisions in September from 1993-99...led Houston to a 3-0 victory on Oct. 1 at LAA...tossed 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits...marked Houston's eighth consecutive win over the Angels in games started by McHugh.
Had a career year, reaching the 200-inning plateau while posting 19 wins, a 3.89 ERA (88ER/203.2IP) and 171 strikeouts in 32 starts...set career highs in wins, starts, innings, strikeouts and quality starts (21)...ranked second in the AL in wins, behind only LHP Dallas Keuchel (20)...he and Keuchel became the second pair of teammates in Astros history to record at least 19 wins in the same season, joining LHP Mike Hampton (22-4) and RHP Jose Lima (21-10), who did so in 1999...per Elias, the only other Major League team with multiple 19-game winners in the same season was the 2007 Indians, as LHP CC Sabathia and RHP Roberto Hernandez each had 19 wins...per Fangraphs.com, generated the ﬁfth-highest percentage of soft contact in the American League (21.4%), behind only RHP Trevor Bauer (21.4%), LHP Wei-Yin Chen (21.9%), RHP Garrett Richards (22.7%) and Keuchel (25.2%)...induced groundballs at a career-high clip, as both his 1.46 groundball to ﬂyball ratio and 46.0 percent groundball rate were the highest of his career...generated the 12th-highest swing and miss rate among AL pitchers (23.7%)...made his ﬁrst career Opening Day roster and was one of two Astros starters that remained on the active roster for the entire season (also Keuchel)...won 11 consecutive decisions from Aug. 12, 2014-May 2, 2015, posting a 2.45 ERA (25ER/91.2IP) in 14 starts...the streak was one game shy of tying a franchise record set by RHP Wade Miller (July 7-Sept. 21, 2002) and RHP Mark Portugal (July 11-Oct. 2, 1993)...the only other Astros pitcher to post an 11-game winning streak was LHP Mike Hampton from June 30-Sept. 13, 1999...was also the longest active streak in the Majors, and the longest since LHP Clayton Kershaw won 11 straight decisions from June 2-Aug. 10, 2014...the Astros won 11 straight starts made by McHugh from Aug. 28, 2014-May 7, 2015, which established a new franchise record...prior to McHugh, the previous record was 10 straight starts, accomplished by Keuchel (2014-15), RHP Roger Clemens (2004-05), RHP Donne Wall (1996), RHP Nolan Ryan (1983) and RHP Joe Niekro (1979)...became the ﬁrst Astros starter to begin a season 4-0 since LHP Wandy Rodriguez and RHP Roy Oswalt each did so in 2006...allowed two walks or less in each of his ﬁrst 13 starts...the last Astros pitcher to do this was RHP Shane Reynolds in 2001...struck out 11 batters in Houston's 6-1 win over the A's at Minute Maid Park on April 15...allowed one run on six hits in 5.2 innings, walking none...was his second career double-digit strikeout game (also April 22, 2014 at SEA, 12 K's)...became one of just 11 pitchers in club history to strike out 10-or-more batters without a walk in multiple starts...won his fourth game on May 2 vs. SEA, but gave up four solo home runs (11-4 Houston win)...the only other Astros pitcher to allow four homers in a win was Mike Scott on May5, 1990 at NYM, in a 9-5 Astros win...McHugh had entered the game with no homers allowed on the season...went 8.0 innings in consecutive starts for the ﬁrst time in his career on June 23 at LAA and June 28 vs. NYY...on July 17 vs. TEX, became the fourth pitcher in club history to allow 11 hits while only permitting one run to score, joining RHP Shane Reynolds (1994), LHP Bob Knepper (1983) and RHP Larry Dierker (1970)...also became the ﬁrst Astros pitcher to record a win while allowing 11 hits since RHP Brett Myers (2ER/6IP) did soon April 25, 2010 vs. PIT...had his best month of the season in August, going 2-2 with a 1.89 ERA (7ER/33.1IP) and 34 strikeouts...ranked fourth in the AL in ERA during the month, behind RHP Scott Feldman (1.33), RHP Carlos Carrasco (1.47) and RHP Justin Verlander (1.50)...struck out at least ﬁve batters in a career-long, seven game streak from Aug. 2-Sept. 9...struck out 45 batters in 46.1 innings in that span...held the Twins scoreless over his 7.2 innings on Sept. 4, allowing seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts...was his only scoreless outing of the season...won 13 of his last 19 regular season starts (June 18-Oct. 3), while allowing three earned runs or less in 15 of those 19 outings...owned a 3.12 ERA (43ER/124IP) and 109 strikeouts in that span, holding hitters to .245 average and a .637 OPS...made his postseason debut, starting Games 1 and 5 of the ALDS against the Royals...tossed 6.0 innings of two-run ball and earned the win in Houston's 5-2, Game 1 victory in Kansas City...joined LHP Dallas Keuchel (2015), RHP Brandon Backe (2004) and RHP Mike Scott (1986) as the only pitchers in club history to earn the win while throwing at least 6.0 innings and allowing two runs or less in their ﬁrst career postseason outings...allowed three runs in 4.0 innings in Houston's 7-2, Game 5 loss in Kansas City.
Rookie starter joined Houston in December 2013 on a waiver claim and made 25 appearances (all starts) with the Astros after starting the season in Triple A OKC...had a breakout 2014 season in which he led all Major League rookies in ERA (2.73, min. 150IP)...was named the Astros 2014 Rookie of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA in addition to receiving American League September Rookie of the Month honors...led the club in ERA (2.73), strikeouts (157) and opponents' average (.208) (min. 100IP) while ranking second in wins and third in innings (154.2)...finished just 7.1 innings shy of qualifying for the ERA title... finished fourth in opponents' average, sixth in ERA and seventh in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.14) among AL pitchers with at least 150.0 innings...posted the second-lowest ERA by a rookie in club history (min. 150IP)... RHP Ken Forsch set the franchise record in 1971 with a 2.53 ERA in his rookie season...compiled the thirdmost strikeouts by an Astros rookie for a single season, behind RHP Don Wilson (159 in 1967) and RHP Tom Griffin (200 in 1969)...led all Major League rookies in ERA and opponents average (min. 150IP), while ranking second in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.14), third in strikeouts, tied for fourth in wins, fifth in innings and sixth in starts...posted the lowest ERA and opponents' average by an AL rookie with at least 150 innings pitched since RHP Mark Eichhorn posted a 1.72 ERA and .192 opponents' average in 157.0 relief innings for Toronto in 1986...led the AL and ranked fourth in the Majors with a 1.86 ERA on the road (min. 60 IP)...only two pitchers in club history posted a lower road ERA for a single season (min. 60IP): RHP Roger Clemens (1.32 in 2005) and RHP Vern Ruhle (1.69 in 1980)...was one of just two AL pitchers with two starts of nine strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed (also RHP Hisashi Iwakuma)...only two other pitchers in club history accomplished this feat in two starts in a single season: RHP Roy Oswalt (2004) and RHP Bob Bruce (1964)...according to PITCHf/x, generated the sixth-highest swing and miss rate among AL pitchers (23.9%), behind only LHP Chris Sale, RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Max Scherzer and RHP Garrett Richards (min. 150IP)... became just the second pitcher in club history to have a six-game winning streak and six-game losing streak in the same season, joining RHP Turk Farrell in 1964...per Elias, became the first rookie since 1958 (first year with official rules defining rookie statuses) with a seven-game winning streak and six-game losing streak in a single season...began the season at Triple A Oklahoma City before being recalled to Houston on April 22...was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on July 12 (backdated to July 7) with a right middle fingernail avulsion...activated from the DL on July 27...had one of the best debuts in Astros history, as he struck out 12 batters over 6.2 shutout innings en route to his first Major League win on April 22 at SEA...became just the third pitcher in Astros history to record 12 strikeouts in his first game with the club: also LHP Randy Johnson (Aug. 2, 1998, at PIT) and RHP J.R. Richard (15 strikeouts on Sept. 5, 1971, at SF)...threw just 89 pitches in the outing, becoming the fifth pitcher in MLB history to strike out 12 or more batters on 89 pitches or less, joining RHP Dillon Gee (2013), RHP Greg Maddux (2000), LHP Matt Perisho (1999) and LHP Mark Guthrie (1995)... also became just the sixth pitcher in club history and the first since LHP Randy Johnson (1998) to have a start with 12+ strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed...in his second start of the season on April 27 vs. OAK, came within one out of tossing his first complete-game shutout, earning the win after allowing just one run in 8.2 innings with seven strikeouts...retired 19 straight batters from the 3rd through 9th innings...per Elias, became the third pitcher in club history to win his first two games while registering 19 or more strikeouts in the process...joined LHP Randy Johnson (1998) and RHP J.R. Richard (1971), who each tallied 20 strikeouts...became the first pitcher to go at least 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts while allowing one run or less in each of his first two starts for the Astros...began his Astros career with 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings... recorded at least four strikeouts in each of his first 17 starts as an Astro, which set a franchise record...also became the first Astros starter to strike out at least four hitters in each of his first 17 starts of a season...prior to McHugh, the last Astros starter to record four or more punchouts in 17 straight starts during a single year was RHP Darryl Kile in 1997 (18 starts)...allowed two runs or less in nine straight starts from Aug. 1-Sept. 15, which tied for the third-longest streak in club history with RHP Nolan Ryan (1983), behind only RHP Larry Dierker (11 games in 1969) and RHP Mike Scott (14 games in 1986)...won his last seven decisions of the season from Aug. 12-Sept. 21, which tied for the longest winning streak in the AL in 2014 with RHP Alex Cobb, LHP Jon Lester, RHP Garrett Richards and RHP Matt Shoemaker...became the first Astro to win seven straight decisions since RHP Roy Oswalt won nine straight from Aug. 23, 2006-April 17, 2007...the last Astro with a seven-game winning streak in a single season was LHP Andy Pettitte in 2005 (Aug. 21-Sept. 20)...became just the third pitcher in Astros history to finish the season on a seven-game winning streak...the others were LHP Randy Johnson in 1998 and RHP Mark Portugal in 1993 (12-game streak)... from Aug. 1 through the end of the season, ranked tied for second in the AL in wins (7) and third in ERA (1.77, 13ER/66IP)...nine of his 10 starts in that span were quality starts...named the American League's Rookie of the Month for September, joining OF George Springer (May) as the second Astros player to win the award in 2014...won all four of his starts in September, finishing the month with a 4-0 record and a 1.59 ERA (5ER/28.1IP), 25 strikeouts and just one walk...led all MLB rookies in ERA, opponents' average (.150), WHIP (0.56) and strikeout to walk ratio (25.00) during the month, while ranking tied for first in wins...his 1.59 ERA in September marked the third-lowest in Astros history for a rookie during the month, behind RHP Mark Lemongello (1.29 ERA in 1977) and RHP Ken Forsch (1.24 ERA in 1971)...his 25.00 strikeout to walk ratio in September was the highest produced by an Astros pitcher during any single month in club history (min. 28IP)...the previous record was held by RHP Hal Brown (20.00 SO/BB in 1963)...also marked the highest SO/BB ratio by a rookie during any month in MLB history since at least 1958 (min. 28IP)...went 133 batters faced without allowing a walk from Aug. 23-Sept. 21...was the longest such streak in the Majors at the time per Elias...made five total appearances at Triple A, going 0-0 with a 3.79 ERA (8ER/19IP) and 13 strikeouts...made one rehab start on July 22 vs. Round Rock (1ER/5IP) as he was making his way back from a fingernail avulsion...began the year at the level by posting a 4.50 ERA (7ER/14IP) and a .231 opponents' batting average in four outings before getting recalled to the Majors
Made a total of seven appearances (five starts) for the Rockies (4g) and Mets (3g), going 0-4 with a 10.04 ERA (29ER/26IP) ... began the season at Triple A Las Vegas in the Mets organization before getting recalled to New York on May 14...made three appearances in the Majors until he was optioned back to Triple A on June 8...traded to the Colorado Rockies on June 18 in exchange for OF Eric Young Jr...made two starts at Double A Tulsa before moving up to Triple A Colorado Springs on July 7 ... recalled to the Majors on July 27 and made one start before getting optioned back to Triple A on July 28...brought back to the Majors as a September call-up on Sept. 3 where he stayed for the remainder of the season...in the minors, went 6-5 with a 3.42 ERA (43ER/113IP) and 100 strikeouts (27 walks) in 20 combined starts between Triple A Colorado Springs (9g), Triple A Las Vegas (9g) and Double A Tulsa (2g)...pitched in the Venezuelan Winter League during the offseason for the Leones del Caracas ...went 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA (7ER/19.2IP) and 20 strikeouts in four starts with the club...prior to the season, was named the No. 24 prospect in the Mets system by Baseball America... was claimed by the Astros off waivers on Dec. 18.
The Mets selected his contract on August 23 from Buffalo (AAA) of the
International League...Started the season with Binghamton (AA) of the
Eastern League before he was promoted to the Bisons on June 15...Became the third Mets pitcher to throw at least 7.0 scoreless innings in his
major league debut on August 23 vs. Colorado and the first since Masato
Yoshii on April 5, 1998 vs. Pittsburgh...Yoshii threw 7.0 shutout innings in
that game...Dick Rusteck threw a four-hitter on June 10, 1966 to beat the
Cincinnati Reds, 5-0, at Shea...Fanned nine against the Rockies, the second-most in franchise history by
a player in his first big league appearance...Teammate Matt Harvey had 11
strikeouts on July 26, 2012...The last player to throw at least 7.0 shutout
innings and strike out nine or more in his major league debut, before
McHugh to accomplished the feat was Aaron Harang for Oakland on May
25, 2002 vs. Tampa...The last pitcher to do it with two hits or less allowed
was Milwaukee's Steve Woodard, who one-hit Toronto for 8.0 innings and
struck out 12 on July 28, 1997...Tossed a career-high 3.0 innings in relief on September 20 vs. Philadelphia
and allowed one run, earned, on three hits...In four relief appearances, he
allowed nine hits, five runs, earned, with three strikeouts...Made 13 starts for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, going 2-4
with a 3.42 ERA (28 earned runs/73.2 innings)...Struck out 70 batters, good
for a 8.55 strikeout per nine innings ratio...Held hitters to a .216 average...In 12 starts the Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, from April 5-June
13, he was 5-5 with a 2.41 ERA (20 earned runs/74.2 innings)...Struck out
65...Pitched at least 5.0 innings in all but one of his 12 starts for Binghamton...
Recorded seven quality starts...Held opponents to a .228 batting average...
Allowed more than three runs in only one start...Went at least 6.0 innings in all six starts from May 3-June 6...Went 2-2 with a
2.57 ERA (12 earned runs/42.0 innings), 32 strikeouts and six walks in that span...Threw a season-high 8.0 innings vs. New Hampshire on May 28 in the BMets' 6-2 win...Allowed two runs, earned, and five hits to secure his fifth
win of the season...Held righties to a .205 average (35-171) at Binghamton...In the 13 starts
for Buffalo, righties hit .199 (30-151)... Conversely, lefties hit .267 (28-105)
while he was with Binghamton and .236 (30-127) while with Buffalo...In his 12 starts for the B-Mets, he held hitters to a .196 (11-56) average with runners in scoring position, with only one
extra-base hit...In Buffalo, batters hit .214 (12-56) with runners in scoring position...With two outs and runners in
scoring position, batters went 0-20 at Binghamton and .185 (5-27) at Buffalo.
Split the season between St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...Started
the year with St. Lucie and made his B-Mets debut on May 31...Combined to win a career-high nine games between the two levels...Made 27 appearances, 22 starts...Threw a five-hitter to close out his season on September 1 at Erie...Struck out 11 and allowed one run to win, 2-1...Finished the season at Binghamton striking out better than a batter per inning (100 strikeouts/93.1 innings).
Spent the entire season with Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League...Started the season in the rotation, moved to the bullpen and then reclaimed a starting spot on June 1...Made one relief
appearance after that date...Won his last four decisions of the season, including 5.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball in his final start of the year on
Threw the only complete-game shutout of his career while spending the entire season at Brooklyn (A) of the NewYork Penn League...Went 5.0 innings on July 17 vs. Auburn in a 1-0 win.
Made his professional debut with Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League.