Every day the Mets move closer to starting the 2013 with only four rotational givens: Santana, Niese, Harvey and Gee. That leaves Mejia, Familia, Schwinden, Hefner and a certain fella named McHugh. You might be asking, “McWho?” but by the end of Spring Training I would hardly be surprised if Collin McHugh were to be anointed as the 5th starter in the rotation.
The reason why isn’t going to shock anyone. The #1 thing that the Mets need to replace from R.A. Dickey is the innings and McHugh’s control and 4-pitch ability allow him to be a pretty consistent (if not quite astounding) option. Though, a number of people were pretty happy with Dillon Gee who actually profiles as having a bit less “Stuff” than McHugh.
Fastball: 89-92 MPH (Tops out at 93)
Curveball: 71-74 MPH (Described as “Looping”)
Cutter/Slider: 84-86 MPH
Changeup: 80-81 MPH (Weakest Pitch)
McHugh’s 2012 was spent between AA, AAA and the MLB. His MLB numbers are not worth mentioning but they weren’t great. His AA