Duane Underwood Jr.
|Ht./Wt.:||6-2, 210 lbs|
The Cubs second round pick in the 2012 Draft, Duane was selected to the Cubs 40-man roster in November of 2016 ... has gone 28-25 with a 3.72 ERA (187 ER/453.0 IP) in 100 games (95 starts) over six seasons, reaching Double-A Tennessee each of the last two seasons... Ranked as the organization's fourth-best prospect by Baseball America entering the 2016 season ... was the 10th-best prospect entering 2015... Ranked No. 78 in MLB.com's Top-100 prospects list heading into the 2016 campaign... Earned mid-season All-Star honors from the Carolina League in 2015, his first All-Star selection... Graduated from Pope High School in Marietta, Ga. ... was committed to the University of Georgia prior to signing with the Cubs.
Set career marks with 13 wins, 98 strikeouts and 138.0 innings with Double-A Tennessee ... his 13 victories tied for the Southern League lead... All told, was 13-7 with a 4.43 ERA (68 ER/138.0 IP) in 25 starts... Walked three or fewer in 22 of 25 outings ... issued just three walks in 31.0 innings spanning five starts, July 17-August 11, while he pitched to a 1.74 ERA (6 ER/31.0 IP) and recorded a .506 opponent OPS in those outings.
Opened the year with Double-A Tennessee before a right forearm strain landed him on the D.L., July 6 ... reinstated, August 16 ... with Tennessee, posted a 4.91 ERA (32 ER/58.2 IP) in 13 starts ... also saw time with Rookie League Mesa, Single-A South Bend and Single-A Myrtle Beach following the injury ... Overall, went a combined 0-6 with a 4.32 ERA (35 ER/73.0 IP) in his 18 starts ... struck out 62 and walked 35 ... Placed on the seven-day disabled list July 6 with a right forearm strain ... activated August 16 after a rehab stint with Mesa.
Duane spent nearly the entire season with Single-A Myrtle Beach, his first season at the high-A level ... went 6-3 with a 2.58 ERA (21 ER/73.1 IP) in 14 starts, earning him his first mid-season All-Star selection ... Missed two months of action from June 27 to August 28 with a right elbow strain ... made two rehab appearances with Mesa, allowing no runs in 5.0 innings ... returned to make two regular season starts with Myrtle Beach after the injury, allowing two earned runs in 9.0 innings ... Posted a 1.85 ERA (13 ER/63.1 IP) over 11 starts in the first half, picking up six wins ... held a five-game winning streak from April 9 to May 22 ... Helped bring home the Mills Cup Championship, tossing 6.0 frames while allowing just one run and fanning a season-high seven batters in the clincher ... Tossed a season-high 7.0-scoreless frames June 16 at Winston-Salem ... allowed just two hits while walking one ... Allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 14 starts and one earned run or fewer in 10 starts ... Held righties to a .195 batting average against (26-for-133) while lefties hit .210 (26-for-124).
Duane went 6-4 with a 2.50 ERA (28 ER/100.2 IP) in 22 games (21 starts) with Single-A Kane County ... allowed two or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 21 starts ... had a 2.21 ERA (24 ER/97.2 IP) in 21 starts ... allowed four runs in 3.0 innings in his only relief outing ... Posted a 1.45 ERA (9 ER/56.0 IP) in 12 starts on the road compared to a 3.83 ERA (19 ER/44.2 IP) in 10 games at home ... Struck out a season-high eight batters in 6.0 innings, July 11 vs. Beloit ... Earned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of June 30-July 6 ... tossed 6.0-scoreless frames July 5 at Clinton.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Boise, going 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA (30 ER/54.1 IP) in 14 games (11 starts) ... Posted a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/18.1 IP) in five games (four starts) in August after recording a 6.00 ERA (24 ER/36.0 IP) in the first two months ... Tossed a season-high 5.0 innings July 15 and August 24, both games on the road at Hillsboro.
Made his professional debut with Mesa, making five starts ... went 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA (5 ER/8.2 IP).
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