It’s 2014 and Phil Hughes is finally becoming fantasy relevant. After seven long, struggling years with the New York Yankees, Hughes is pitching like many expected he should this season with the Minnesota Twins. In those seven seasons, he had just one season with an ERA less than 4.00.
Hughes’ next start will be against the San Diego Padres, who are consistently one of the worst offensive teams in baseball. The team ranks 22nd in home run (34), 29th in RBI (134) and last in average (.222). With Petco Park being very spacious and Hughes known to be a fly-ball pitcher, this should be a very good outing for Hughes.
If you are in a deep league, Hughes may be a pitcher you may want to hold onto past Wednesday. In eight starts, Hughes owns a 4-1 record with a 3.61 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched. The most amazing fact is that Hughes may have finally found ball control. He has not walked a batter since April 20, a streak of 119 batters.
Hughes is just owned in 10.3 percent of ESPN.com leagues, with an increase of 5.7 percent in the last week. Hughes has pitched in at least six innings in five straight starts. With C.C Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez all out for long periods of time, Hughes could fill in nicely for depth purposes.
At the very least, add him for his next start against the Padres and enjoy the easy victory.