Red Sox SP Collin McHugh:
McHugh is the third new face in the 2020 rotation. He is a 33-year old most known for his time with the Houston Astros. He played six years with them, having 11+ wins in three of them. He also had a sub-2.00 ERA out of the bullpen in 2018.
The Red Sox signed him back when Spring Training 1.0 was going on. He was most likely signed due to Chris Sale undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was signed to a 1-year deal, worth $600k most likely to be our fifth starting pitcher.
It was reported after the signing that McHugh was still recovering from an elbow injury. That led him to only spend one week at Jet Blue Park before the pandemic shut everything down. With a normal season, it was expected that McHugh would have to miss a significant amount of time due to the elbow strain.
Instead, he began throwing in May and will most likely be ready for Opening Day. He has made appearances at both Fenway Park and Boston College in recent days, throwing with the rest of the pitchers in the organization. If he’s far enough along in his rehab from his injury, expect him to play a key role in Boston this year.
Percent chance: 10%