The Houston Astros are known for giving anyone a chance at any time. They tend to favor former high-round draft picks for obvious reasons, as they were clearly full of potential at one point in time, so perhaps they can find the key to unlocking that potential.
Collin McHugh finds himself in the “given an opportunity” boat of the Astros. The Astros signed him in the offseason due to his impressive minor league resume. He’s put up a 37-28 record with a 3.36 ERA, 631 strikeouts, and 199 walks in 652.2 innings pitched. That is about as impressive a resume as can be acquired in the minor leagues.
The problem comes when he hits the majors. McHugh’s major league numbers could not be any more different than his minor league numbers. In the majors, he’s 0-8 with a 8.94 ERA in 47.1 innings.
Clearly something isn’t carrying over from the minors to the majors, and it’s up to the Astros to sort it out and find a way to make McHugh consistent at a major league level. Now that Scott Feldman is on the 15-day DL, McHugh has that chance. With positions in the starting rotation continuously reopening, if McHugh can put two good starts up, he has just as good a chance of working his way into the rotation as any other of the numerous pitchers have loaded up on.
Hopefully McHugh is the real deal. He could be one of the breakout players for the Astros this year, and he’ll be given every opportunity to prove it.