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Duane Underwood Jr.

Duane Underwood Jr.

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 210 | Age: 25
Draft: 2012 (Rd: 2, #67, Chicago Cubs) - Pope HS (GA)
Raleigh, NC USA
Player Apps
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Fastball Velocity
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Pop Time
Framing
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 5.40 12 0 0 11.2 13 1.37
2 Seasons 0 1 4.60 13 1 0 15.2 16 1.34
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 12 0-0 5.40 11.2 13 1.37
2 Seasons 13 0-1 4.60 15.2 16 1.34

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 CHC NL 16 0 1 2.25 1 1 0 4.0 2 1 1 1 3 3 1.25
2019 CHC NL 51 0 0 5.40 12 0 0 11.2 13 7 7 2 3 13 1.37
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 40

Seven years after drafting him in the second round out of a Georgia high school and paying him a $1.05 million bonus, the Cubs still aren't sure what they have in Underwood. They were pleased that he was more dedicated to his preparation and aggressive on the mound in 2018, yet he got knocked around for a 4.53 ERA in Triple-A. He made his big league debut in June, allowing one run in four innings in a start against the Dodgers.

Underwood enticed scouts by flashing a 98-mph fastball and a hammer curveball as an amateur, but he hasn't been as overpowering as hoped as a pro. He'll sit at 92-95 mph with modest life and decent control of his heater, while his curveball is more of an average second pitch. He has made strides with his fading changeup and there are games where it's more effective than his curveball.

Underwood is doing a better job of throwing strikes and staying healthy than he did earlier in his career. Though he might be able to help Chicago as a back-of-the-rotation starter, his stuff could be more dynamic in shorter stints if he becomes a reliever. The Cubs explored that possibility at the end of 2018, having him finish the Triple-A season with five bullpen appearances.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 77 10 1 10.0 93.7 11.5 .246 .546 .311 .400 .434 40.0 18.8 18.8
2019 211 34 1 2.9 89.4 7.3 .233 .394 .359 .292 .356 47.1 25.5 5.9
ALL 288 44 2 4.5 90.4 8.3 .236 .427 .347 .318 .374 45.5 23.9 9.0
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/01/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP Duane Underwood Jr. from Iowa Cubs.
08/18/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa Cubs.
08/05/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled Duane Underwood Jr. from Iowa Cubs.
07/31/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa Cubs.
07/30/2019 Chicago Cubs recalled Duane Underwood Jr. from Iowa Cubs.
03/15/2019 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa Cubs.
06/26/2018 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa Cubs.
06/25/2018 Chicago Cubs recalled Duane Underwood Jr. from Iowa Cubs.
03/09/2018 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Tennessee Smokies.
10/20/2017 Duane Underwood Jr. roster status changed by Chicago Cubs.
10/06/2017 Chicago Cubs reassigned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to the minor leagues.
10/02/2017 Chicago Cubs recalled RHP Duane Underwood Jr. from Tennessee Smokies.
03/13/2017 Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Tennessee Smokies.
11/18/2016 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of Duane Underwood Jr. from Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
08/31/2016 RHP Duane Underwood Jr. assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from South Bend Cubs.
08/17/2016 RHP Duane Underwood Jr. assigned to South Bend Cubs from AZL Cubs.
08/15/2016 Tennessee Smokies sent RHP Duane Underwood Jr. on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs.
07/07/2016 Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Duane Underwood Jr. on the 7-day disabled list.
04/29/2016 RHP Duane Underwood Jr. assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Eugene Emeralds.
04/05/2016 RHP Duane Underwood assigned to Eugene Emeralds.
01/29/2016 Chicago Cubs invited non-roster RHP Duane Underwood to spring training.
08/28/2015 Myrtle Beach Pelicans activated RHP Duane Underwood from the 7-day disabled list.
08/18/2015 Myrtle Beach Pelicans sent RHP Duane Underwood Jr. on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs.
06/28/2015 Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed RHP Duane Underwood Jr. on the 7-day disabled list.
04/06/2015 RHP Duane Underwood Jr. assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from South Bend Cubs.
06/15/2014 Duane Underwood roster status changed by Kane County Cougars.
06/07/2014 Kane County Cougars placed RHP Duane Underwood on the 7-day disabled list.
04/13/2014 RHP Duane Underwood assigned to Kane County Cougars from Boise Hawks.
06/11/2013 RHP Duane Underwood assigned to Boise Hawks from AZL Cubs.
07/13/2012 Duane Underwood assigned to AZL Cubs.
07/12/2012 Chicago Cubs signed RHP Duane Underwood.