For Collin McHugh, baseball wasn’t something he just developed a love for as an adult but a game he has loved since childhood. Growing up, Collins loved every sport from basketball to football but he loved baseball specially and an affinity for pitching in particular. Thanks to his father who noticed this affinity on time and would nurture him into what he has become today – one of the most well-rounded and versatile players in the MLB.
As a professional baseball pitcher, Collin McHugh has played for the best teams in the professional league. He began his professional career with the New York Mets, and then he played for the Colorado Rockies before settling down with Houston Astros, a team he currently plays for. Below are all the other facts you should know about the U.S baseball player.
Collin McHugh’s Biography
Collins was born in Naperville, Illinois on the 19th of June 1987 as Collin Alexander McHugh. His parents, Scott and Teresa McHugh raised him in Naperville before relocating to Atlanta when he was seven years old.
Scott and Teresa started a nondenominational church in Alpharetta, Georgia. He attended Providence Christian Academy from his sixth grade which was the same school his mom worked as the head receptionist. McHugh started playing baseball back in his days at Providence Christian Academy but since he couldn’t play baseball in his high school, he played football instead.
Collin McHugh watched baseball games a lot with his family, especially his father while growing up and so he considers Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux, who were pitchers for the Braves as his major influencers in the game of baseball.
MLB Career Profile
He kicked off his professional career in 2008 after the New York Mets drafted him out of Berry College in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball Draft of that year. Collins struggled in the New York’s system until August 2012 when he got a call to make his MLB debut in a game against the Rockies at Citi Field. In the game, he threw 7 scoreless innings, struck out 9 and allowed 2 hits and a walk.
Despite his performance, the team still lost the game and McHugh was demoted and replaced with Jeremy Hefner. The following year, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Eric Young, Jr. and he was designated for assignment in December 2013. In that same month, the Houston Astros claimed him off waivers.
He made his debut with the team in 2014 and ended the season with eleven wins and recording a 2.73 mark to lead the team in ERA. In 2015, he finished second in the American League with nineteen wins behind Dallas Keuchel who recorded twenty wins. The next year (2016), he recorded a career-high of thirty-three starts, finishing with an ERA of 4.34 in 184 2⁄3 innings.
Collin McHugh would miss some games during the 2017 season due to injuries and was limited to just twelve starts. He played just two games during the postseason, recording a combined total of 6 innings, with a total of one hit and 3 runs. In that same year, the Astros won the World Series, for the first time in the history of the franchise.
In 2018, he made a transition to a relief role. He appearing in fifty-eight games that season and ended with an ERA of 1.99 in 72 1⁄3 innings and ninety-four strikeouts.
The Houston Astros pitcher has been married to wife Ashley Buzzy since 2009. Ashley and Collins met when they were seniors in high school but began dating almost two years after their graduation. After dating for a couple of years, the lovebirds decided to walk down the aisle in 2009 at the age of twenty-two.
Just like her husband, Ashley was not born in Atlanta, Georgia; her family only moved over there when she was much younger. She is actually a native of Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in graphic design with special emphasis on Fabric and Textiles.
Ashley runs her own business, Ashley Buzzy Lettering, and Press – a calligraphy, print, and graphics company located in Atlanta, Georgia which works on weddings and events items like invitations and menus.
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She also owns a brick and mortar store and runs her own blog and so while Collins is busy with his baseball career, Ashley keeps herself busy with her own businesses. The couple is blessed with a son whom they welcomed in December 2015.
His Height, Weight and Other Facts
McHugh stands at a height of 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) with an athletic and well-built body that weighs 88 kg. that is 194 pounds.
As at 2018, the Pitcher earns an annual salary of $5 million. His net worth has not been confirmed.