Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 day ago

Hughes (1-5) was tagged for six runs on six hits and two walks over just two innings of work in a blowout loss against the Twins on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The bullpen contributed by giving up another 10 runs, but Hughes did all the necessary damage by allowing three runs in each of the first two innings. He's been supremely hittable for years now, and with little upside and plenty of downside on a Twins team that doesn't win too often, Hughes belongs on fantasy waiver wires in the vast majority of leagues.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 6 days ago

Hughes (1-4) gave up seven hits, four earned runs and two walks over five innings in Friday's 9-2 loss to the Tigers. He struck out two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After four straight quality starts to open the season-- although all but one was on the borderline of qualifying as such-- Hughes collapsed a bit Friday against a resurgent Tigers lineup. He gave up a homer for the first time since an April 13 outing against the White Sox, and issued a pair of free passes for the third straight start. As customary, the ball was in the air plenty when Detroit made contact with Hughes' offerings, as he's now surrendered double-digit fly balls in four of his five trips to the mound. He didn't miss many bats at all, inducing only a single swing-and-miss over 81 pitches. Despite the struggles Friday, Hughes has certainly been serviceable, and has received no more than four runs of support from a lackluster Minnesota offense in any of his five starts.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 week ago

Hughes' next start will be moved up to Friday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Kyle Gibson (shoulder) and Ervin Santana (back) hitting the disabled list, the Twins needed to reorder their rotation. Hughes was initially slated to start Saturday, but he'll draw the same matchup against the Tigers on Friday, so it shouldn't make too much of a difference for fantasy owners.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Hughes gave up two runs over seven innings with two strikeouts and two walks, but didn't get any run support and fell to 1-3 in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Twins have been shut out in two of Hughes' starts. Hughes has a strong 19:4 K:BB ratio in 25.1 innings, so he should put himself in position to win more games. He had just two strikeouts Saturday, but his 6.8 K/9 through four starts would be an improvement over last season (career-low 5.4 K/9).

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 weeks ago

Hughes (1-2) earned a complete game victory in Monday's rain-shortened win over Milwaukee, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hughes kept the ball in the ballpark but served up three doubles. He pounded the zone, throwing 57 strikes as he needed just 88 pitches to get through six innings, and he generated a respectable seven swinging strikes. Hughes's inability to get whiffs was his main issue last season, as he finished with a 5.5 K/9 and a 4.40 ERA in 2015. His 8.4 K/9 in his first three starts is more in line with his solid 2014 season (8.0 K/9, 3.52 ERA), and most encouragingly, his swinging strike rate of 8.2 percent is close to his 8.9 percent mark from 2014 as well. Hughes owns a 4.42 ERA and a 3.00 FIP thus far.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Hughes (0-2) struck out seven while allowing three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings against the White Sox on Wednesday, but was stuck with the loss.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Through two starts, Hughes has shown both his excellent control (11 strikeouts, no walks) and his weakness, the long ball (two homers accounting for half of the runs he's allowed). Considering he's finished with a FIP north of 4.00 in five of the last six seasons, it's safe to consider his spectacular 2.65 in 2014 an outlier. For fantasy purposes, Hughes isn't the sort of starter you're excited to roll out unless your league tracks K/BB, the one stat in which he's among the best in the business.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the year Thursday after allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts through six innings against the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Things could have gone a lot differently, as Hughes left the game with two men on, nobody out and a one-run lead in the seventh, but reliever Trevor May let both inherited runners score. This was a typically Hughes-like pitch-to-contact performance, and considering he's finished with an ERA north of 4.00 in five of the last six seasons, it's a good bet that he'll do that again this year.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 1 month ago

Hughes gave up one run over six innings with one strikeout in Sunday's spring training win over the Yankees. He has a 2.76 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio in ten innings this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After throwing a career-high 209.2 innings in 2014, Hughes tossed just 155.1 innings last season after missing a month with a back injury. He looks fully healthy and ready for the regular season as Minnesota's No. 2 starter.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 2 months ago

Hughes reported to spring training 15 to 18 pounds lighter after a rigorous offseason conditioning program to improve his flexibility, the Associated Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After throwing a career-high 209.2 innings in 2014, Hughes tossed just 155.1 innings last season after missing a month with a back injury. It's reassuring to hear he's in good shape, but we'll need to see how he looks in spring training. Last season he was named Minnesota's Opening Day starter at the start of camp, but this season Paul Molitor said he'll wait to declare an Opening Day starter with several starters in the mix for the nod.

Phil Hughes SP MIN 7 months ago

Hughes has been diagnosed with pneumonia and won't be available in relief for Sunday's season finale against the Royals, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hughes' immune system has taken a beating lately, as he previously fell ill last week, forcing him to skip a scheduled start. With the Twins eliminated from postseason contention earlier this weekend, the team will allow the right-hander to recover from the illness and get an early start on his offseason.