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2018 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 23)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
104.3 5.60 1.45 92 6 7 0 -0.6
Birth Date7-20-1994
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age24 years, 2 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2015
2016
2017
-0.72018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2018 CHN MLB 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 2 3 3 1 .290 96 4.5 6.8 2.2 6.8 50% .111 .245 1.25 7.12 2.25 152 8.00 179.3 -0.1
CareerMLB114.00102331.290964.56.82.26.850%.111.2451.257.122.251528.00179.3-0.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2012 CUB Rk 5 5 8.7 0 1 0 7 6 7 1 .283 94 7.3 6.2 1.0 7.3 56% .231 .308 1.50 6.64 5.19 110 7.53 124.1
2013 BOI A- 14 11 54.3 3 4 0 62 27 36 4 .268 104 10.3 4.5 0.7 6.0 58% .310 .316 1.64 4.77 4.97 118 6.73 155.8
2014 KNC A 22 21 100.7 6 4 0 85 36 84 10 .261 96 7.6 3.2 0.9 7.5 50% .273 .246 1.20 4.41 2.50 102 3.77 84.2
2015 MYR A+ 14 14 73.3 6 3 0 52 24 48 6 .254 99 6.4 2.9 0.7 5.9 55% .223 .228 1.04 4.15 2.58 105 3.73 90.4
2015 CUB Rk 2 2 5.0 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 .272 93 5.4 0.0 0.0 10.8 50% .250 .117 0.60 1.40 0.00 87 2.86 60.7
2016 SBN A 3 3 8.7 0 1 0 5 4 12 0 .263 100 5.2 4.2 0.0 12.5 44% .278 .199 1.04 2.09 2.08 87 2.69 64.9
2016 MYR A+ 1 1 4.7 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 .258 91 5.8 0.0 0.0 3.9 47% .200 .150 0.64 3.32 1.93 97 3.98 84.8
2016 TEN AA 13 13 58.7 0 5 0 66 31 46 7 .266 98 10.1 4.8 1.1 7.1 48% .317 .298 1.65 5.08 4.91 112 6.24 149.3
2016 CUB Rk 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .242 110 9.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 50% .500 .176 1.00 0.11 0.00 90 3.42 67.1
2016 MSS Wnt 2 2 6.0 0 1 0 8 2 5 2 .000 12.0 3.0 3.0 7.5 0% .316 .000 1.67 7.94 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2017 TEN AA 25 24 138.0 13 7 0 130 50 98 13 .261 98 8.5 3.3 0.8 6.4 45% .282 .267 1.30 4.19 4.43 110 5.40 132.5
2018 CHN MLB 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 2 3 3 1 .290 96 4.5 6.8 2.2 6.8 50% .111 .245 1.25 7.12 2.25 152 8.00 179.3
2018 IOW AAA 27 20 119.3 4 10 0 127 37 105 8 .264 93 9.6 2.8 0.6 7.9 44% .334 .263 1.37 3.93 4.53 100 3.67 78.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2018 77 0.4286 0.4286 0.8788 0.6667 0.2500 0.8182 1.0000 0.1212
Career770.42860.42860.87880.66670.250.818210.1212

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-03 2014-06-15 Minors 12 0 - Not Disclosed -
2014-04-02 2014-04-13 Minors 11 0 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 CHN $
2017 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 11/18/16. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2012 (2-67) (Pope HS, Marietta, Ga.). $1.05M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 8.4 6.8 0 25 25 119.2 107 42 100 22 .256 1.25 4.61 4.81 6.9 0.7
80o 7.7 6.9 0 23 23 112.4 108 42 94 23 .269 1.34 5.04 5.27 1.2 0.1
70o 7.1 6.9 0 22 22 107.6 109 42 90 23 .278 1.40 5.36 5.6 -2.5 -0.3
60o 6.7 7 0 21 21 103.6 109 42 87 23 .286 1.46 5.63 5.9 -5.6 -0.6
50o 6.3 7 0 21 21 99.9 109 42 84 23 .293 1.51 5.89 6.17 -8.2 -0.9
40o 5.9 7 0 20 20 96.3 109 42 81 23 .300 1.57 6.16 6.45 -10.6 -1.2
30o 5.4 7 0 19 19 92.5 108 42 78 23 .308 1.63 6.45 6.76 -13.1 -1.4
20o 5 7 0 18 18 88.1 108 42 74 23 .318 1.70 6.79 7.13 -15.9 -1.7
10o 4.3 7 0 17 17 82.2 107 42 69 22 .331 1.81 7.28 7.64 -19.1 -2.1
Weighted Mean6.36.90212199.7108428423.2911.505.866.14-7.8-0.9

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20192461002424140142521263045.3061.385.646.229.13.38.11.9-0.8
2020255902121126126461142745.3041.375.586.169.03.38.21.9-0.6
202126470181810610738962245.3091.375.456.029.13.28.21.9-0.4
2022273601414858630761845.3091.375.546.129.13.28.11.9-0.4
2023284601515898932801945.3071.365.506.079.03.28.11.9-0.4
2024294601616939432852045.3071.355.466.039.13.18.21.9-0.4
2025304601616949432862045.3061.355.425.989.03.18.31.9-0.3
2026314601515898930811845.3071.345.405.969.03.08.21.8-0.3
2027324601414858528771845.3061.335.405.969.03.08.21.9-0.3

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 97 Ricardo Pinto 2017 8.49
2 96 Thomas Collier 2013 0.00 DNP
3 96 Michael O'Brien 2013 0.00 DNP
4 96 Jonathan Harris 2017 0.00 DNP
5 95 Matt Anderson 2015 0.00 DNP
6 95 Yency Almonte 2017 0.00 DNP
7 95 Drew Gagnon 2013 0.00 DNP
8 95 Brett Brach 2011 0.00 DNP
9 95 Chris Jensen 2014 0.00 DNP
10 95 Luis Diaz 2015 0.00 DNP
11 95 Ivan Nova 2010 4.71
12 95 Trevor Williams 2015 0.00 DNP
13 95 Taylor Rogers 2014 0.00 DNP
14 95 John Gast 2012 0.00 DNP
15 95 Brandon Barker 2016 0.00 DNP
16 95 Zachary Thompson 2017 0.00 DNP
17 95 Caleb Beech 2016 0.00 DNP
18 94 Tyler Eppler 2016 0.00 DNP
19 94 Brandon Leibrandt 2016 0.00 DNP
20 94 Joshua Slaats 2012 0.00 DNP
21 94 Shaeffer Hall 2011 0.00 DNP
22 94 Matt Fairel 2011 0.00 DNP
23 94 T.J. House 2013 0.00 DNP
24 94 Brandon Cumpton 2012 0.00 DNP
25 94 Mike Mayers 2015 0.00 DNP
26 94 Joel Payamps 2017 0.00 DNP
27 94 Tyler Anderson 2013 0.00 DNP
28 94 David Huff 2008 0.00 DNP
29 94 Wyatt Strahan 2016 0.00 DNP
30 94 Yoan Lopez 2016 0.00 DNP
31 94 Zachary Nuding 2013 0.00 DNP
32 94 Stephen Tarpley 2016 0.00 DNP
33 94 Shane Dawson 2017 0.00 DNP
34 94 Joseph Maher 2016 0.00 DNP
35 94 Shane Wolf 2010 0.00 DNP
36 94 Taylor Jungmann 2013 0.00 DNP
37 94 Jacob Thompson 2013 0.00 DNP
38 94 Trevor Reckling 2012 0.00 DNP
39 94 Mike Hinckley 2006 0.00 DNP
40 94 Alex Balog 2016 0.00 DNP
41 93 Tommy Milone 2010 0.00 DNP
42 93 Mike Watt 2012 0.00 DNP
43 93 Spencer Turnbull 2016 0.00 DNP
44 93 Dan Denham 2006 0.00 DNP
45 93 Chris Sadberry 2015 0.00 DNP
46 93 Tyler Beede 2016 0.00 DNP
47 93 Rainy Lara 2014 0.00 DNP
48 93 Kendal Volz 2011 0.00 DNP
49 93 Ryan Searle 2012 0.00 DNP
50 93 Nick Additon 2011 0.00 DNP
51 93 Jason Hammel 2006 7.77
52 93 Michael Lorenzen 2015 5.56
53 93 Cody Anderson 2014 0.00 DNP
54 93 Aaron Slegers 2016 0.00 DNP
55 93 Omar Poveda 2011 0.00 DNP
56 93 Justin Collop 2011 0.00 DNP
57 93 Jae Kuk Ryu 2006 8.40
58 93 Kevin Pucetas 2008 0.00 DNP
59 93 Ryan Sherriff 2013 0.00 DNP
60 93 Jonathan Holder 2016 5.40
61 93 Esmil Rogers 2009 4.50
62 93 Anthony Bass 2011 1.68
63 93 Tyrell Jenkins 2016 6.06
64 93 Tyler Herron 2010 0.00 DNP
65 93 Anthony Ortega 2009 10.66
66 93 Austen Williams 2016 0.00 DNP
67 93 Hoby Milner 2014 0.00 DNP
68 93 Scott Snodgress 2013 0.00 DNP
69 93 Tyler Wagner 2014 0.00 DNP
70 93 Adrian Houser 2016 0.00 DNP
71 92 Logan Darnell 2012 0.00 DNP
72 92 Grayson Garvin 2013 0.00 DNP
73 92 Ben Taylor 2016 0.00 DNP
74 92 Casey Lawrence 2011 0.00 DNP
75 92 Carlos Rosa 2008 2.70
76 92 Ruben Alaniz 2014 0.00 DNP
77 92 Nick Travieso 2017 0.00 DNP
78 92 Mark Cohoon 2011 0.00 DNP
79 92 Ryne Stanek 2015 0.00 DNP
80 92 Michael Jensen 2014 0.00 DNP
81 92 Brandon Woodruff 2016 0.00 DNP
82 92 Kevin McAvoy 2017 0.00 DNP
83 92 Josh Collmenter 2009 0.00 DNP
84 92 Nick Tepesch 2012 0.00 DNP
85 92 Mason Melotakis 2014 0.00 DNP
86 92 John Richy 2016 0.00 DNP
87 92 Brett Marshall 2013 4.50
88 92 Isaac Anderson 2017 0.00 DNP
89 92 Dae-Eun Rhee 2012 0.00 DNP
90 92 Joseph Colon 2013 0.00 DNP
91 92 Brandon Workman 2012 0.00 DNP
92 92 Keury Mella 2017 6.75
93 92 Erick Fedde 2016 0.00 DNP
94 92 Alex Caldera 2009 0.00 DNP
95 92 Randy Rosario 2017 30.86
96 92 Asher Wojciechowski 2012 0.00 DNP
97 92 Navery Moore 2014 0.00 DNP
98 92 Matt Pearce 2017 0.00 DNP
99 92 David Rollins 2013 0.00 DNP
100 92 Danny Salazar 2013 3.12

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 Duane Underwood’s prospects collapsed like a house of cards in 2016 as his walk rate spiked and he showed an inability to sequence. His late movement and developing curveball keep scouts interested and gave the Cubs enough hope to add him to the 40-man roster.
2016 Elbow inflammation kept Underwood to just 16 starts last year, but the limited playing time did not curb expectations for one of the Cubs' top arms. He features three strong pitches—fastball, curve and change—and has limited competition on his way up a Cubs system that features few high-level pitching prospects. The points of concern: Underwood has not maintained very high strikeout rates and he has struggled to stay healthy. How quickly he addresses those issues will determine how quickly you see him in Chicago. Or, not to be pessimistic except TINSTAAPP and all, whether you see him in Chicago.
2015 Underwood has some of the best stuff in the Cubs' system, but he came into his first spring training out of shape and unmotivated. After a rough season, Underwood realized that talent alone wasn't going to get him where he wanted to be, unless where he wanted to be was at Sears selling Lady Kenmores. He showed up focused and in shape in 2014 and carried that positive approach into the season. Reducing his walk rate to respectable levels might have been his biggest accomplishment because scouts have long questioned his command (stemming from difficulties repeating his delivery), not his stuff. Underwood features a mid-90s fastball with solid movement, a strong curveball and a developing changeup that could become a plus pitch. His profile still screams potential over polish: The promise of a mid-rotation starter is clearly there, but he's still a few years of development away from fulfilling it.
2013 The Cubs were able to lure 2012 second-rounder Duane Underwood away from a commitment to Georgia with an over-slot $1.05 million bonus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pick two to round out dynasty keepers on the farm: Dustin May, Duane Underwood, Mark Appel, Thyago Viera, Adalberto Mejia, Franchy Cordero. Thanks!
(Steve from Wilmington)
My Dustin May love is well known. The rest of that list is uh, something. Mejia I guess. Ben is psychically sending me messages to tell you not to roster prospect relievers in a dynasty league. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?
(Randy from Iowa)
Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a fan of Duane Underwood? Can he be a mid rotation or better starter?
(toosight from Jersey)
I am, and certainly. Three above-average pitches, improving command. Would like to see him miss a few more bats, of course, but he's only 21 and the stuff seems to get better each year. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Duane Underwood a top 100 guy prior to his undisclosed injury?
(Mike from San Antonio)
I have a feeling we'll have some guys make a case for him on the 101. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Duane Underwood? Putting together another great start tonight. Seems to be flying under the radar.
(Grizz from Chi)
TINSTAAUCP (There is no such thing as an underrated Cubs prospect) (Ben Carsley)
2015-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alright - Futures/other MiLB for that matter. For pitchers, whom would you point to as someone whose results are lagging behind their stuff, and conversely, who's getting it done without a big time out pitch?
(DBITLefty from leaving gym)
well, I am a Cubs fan so two guys come to mind from that org. Duane Underwood, the Ks will come next, and Jeremy Null, he's doing very well in the MWL but he's not any kind of stuff guy that I can tell. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)My two favorite and kind of obscure prospect pitchers are Duane Underwood and Brent Honeywell...Underwood didn't even make the BP top-10 Cubs article. What are your thoughts on both of them and their ceilings/ETA's?
(Tim from Ohio)
I'll see Honeywell this Friday so look for a full writeup on him soon. Underwood has a lot of things that I like, fastball/curveball combo that can be plus, quick arm action and a change he's developing the feel for. I think Underwood has the highest ceiling of any Cubs MiLB arm and it wouldn't surprise me to see him high in the top ten next year, if he's still in the org. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time we all gave up on Alberto Tirado? Is Duane Underwood legit coming off a solid season in A ball?
(Gravybill1 from PA)
I've address Tirado already, but I'll take Underwood. Is he a legitimately interesting prospect? Sure, but I'm not thinking of him as anything more than a potential back end guy right now. He's not likely to be a fast mover, either. He's a name to know, but not someone worth frothing at the mouth over. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Was Duane Underwood in consideration?
(James from CA)
Nope. Good season for Underwood, but to my mind a lot of it was building back value he had lost since the draft. Back on track as a potential mid-rotation arm but there are still questions about consistency (particularly with the breaking ball) and how he'll show against more advanced competition. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What were the improvements Duane Underwood made this season and what future steps does he have to take in order to reach his #2/3 potential?
(Pelecos from Chicago)
Body looked better, velocity was back closer to what he flashed pre-draft, and overall execution was a little more consistent. I viewed the progress more as getting back on track to where we expected him to be when acquired than a large developmental step forward. He needs to improve the consistency of his breaking ball, which still lags and has not manifested in the regular plus form we hoped to see when he was flashing bite and depth on the high school/travel circuit. Also needs to start putting developmental focus on the change. Command/control still below average. Fair amount of clean-up still to come. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood: Which intriguing Cubs low-A pitcher do you prefer?
(msquared from usa)
Tseng right now, but I can see Underwood growing up and taking over that spot in my heart. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Are jacob hanneman and Duane Underwood legit prospects?
(MKPJ from chicago)
I saw Duane Underwood last night, he's legit. Works in the mid 90s and flashes solid secondary offerings. I'll be writing him up in the near future.

Hannemann I am not sold on at all. Only saw the speed in game, everything else was lacking. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the current and former KC Cougar starting pitchers - Jen-Ho Tseng, Paul Blackburn, Daury Torrez, Duane Underwood and Juan Paniagua (no need to ask about Tyler Skulina as I know he'd be at the bottom of your list)?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Tseng, Underwood, Blackburn, Torrez, Paniagua, Skulina (yeah I don't like Tyler much) (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Much has been made among CHC fans about their Big 4 prospects(Baez, Almora, Bryant, Soler),which guys in the 5-10 range in their system intrigue you most?Btw, is Olt redeemable?
(Matt from Chicago)
Mike Olt is absolutely redeemable. I still believe in his ability to be a very good everyday player. As for the 5-10 range, I like the progress scouts reported seeing with Dillon Maples this year. The addition of CJ Edwards and having guys like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson make for some quality depth outside of the top four guys. (Mark Anderson)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you surprised at Kyle Hendricks success this season at AA for Tennessee (Cubs) and should he be considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects?
(Mike from Illinois)
The Cubs are obviously very bat-heavy in their system, and many of the top arms are either hurt (Vizcaino) or at the lower levels (Pierce Johnson in Low-A, Dillon Maples in Low-A, Duane Underwood in extended spring). So by default Hendricks is one of their better arms at the upper levels.

There's nothing too sexy about Hendricks, but he can really pitch, so I'm not surprised he's having success this year. I saw Hendricks a couple times last year in Myrtle Beach. Haven't gotten a report on him last year but here's what I saw located and mixed deep arsenal very well. Not a lot of life on anything but sat 87-91-ish with his fastball but showed the ability to pop 92-93 and the occasional 94 when needed. Very deceptive changeup that also didn't have a lot of movement. He also had a cut-slider and big get-me-over curveball. The stuff is very fringe and it's probably a no. 5 starter at best, but he can locate and mix, so that gives him a shot. (Jason Cole)
2013-03-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I came upon a note in Jason's Top 10 Prospects list for the Cubs system, that Duane Underwood's "arm works well, but low pickup and drag force it to go a long way." Those words weren't yours, but I'm wondering if you have any insight on them. I feel the same way when watching a number of current big-leaguers (if I'm reading this right), where they have fast and loose arms, but waste motion on the back side of their delivery and seem to lengthen their arm action in doing so. Does this pose any added risk of injury, ineffectiveness, or inconsistency?
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
I am not as bothered by "long" arm action, other than the potential to complicate the timing sequence. It is the high-speed portion of rotation that places the most stress on the arm, so I care more about the arm path once the rotational elements kick into gear. It's kinda like worrying about a hitter's hands before he gets into the loaded position just because it looks funny doesn't mean that it's dysfunctional.

On the jukebox: Colin Hay, "Overkill" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the most interesting Cub prospect besides Baez, Almora, Soler and Vizcaino?
(Navin from Pasadena, CA)
Duane Underwood or Dillon Maples. (Jason Parks)


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