Chih-Wei Hu
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
As the Rays experimented with different pitching strategies in 2018, they worked Hu into different roles throughout the year. The Taiwanese right-hander started the season at Triple-A working as a starter. However, he shuttled between the majors and minors multiple times during the campaign, acting as a reliever with the big-league club. His results were mixed at both stops. He produced a 4.15 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 13 innings with the Rays, and a 4.66 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 102 innings with Triple-A Durham. He displayed strong control with both teams, walking just 31 batters all season, though his strikeout rate was underwhelming. Now that he's with the Indians following an offseason trade, it's unclear what 2019 has in store for Hu. He could land an Opening Day roster spot as a reliever, but with an option remaining, he could also shuttle between the majors and minors once again. Read Past Outlooks
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Signs with Cubs
PChicago Cubs  AAA
August 8, 2019
Hu signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hu struggled to a 7.18 ERA across 57.2 innings with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus before being cut loose by the Indians at the end of July. The righty does own a 3.52 ERA across 23 career big-league innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-44%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-65%
BAA vs RHP
2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .194 40 7 4 7 0 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .109 50 14 3 5 2 0 1
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .227 23 5 1 5 0 0 2
2018vs Right .080 27 7 2 2 1 0 0
2017vs Left .143 17 2 3 2 0 0 1
2017vs Right .143 23 7 1 3 1 0 1
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Since 2017
 
 
-2%
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-20%
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2017
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.55 1.03 12.2 0 1 0 10.7 3.6 1.4
Since 2017Away 3.48 0.58 10.1 1 0 0 5.2 1.7 1.7
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 4.50 1.00 8.0 0 0 0 10.1 3.4 1.1
2018Away 3.60 0.40 5.0 0 0 0 5.4 0.0 1.8
2017Home 1.93 1.07 4.2 0 1 0 11.6 3.9 1.9
2017Away 3.38 0.75 5.1 1 0 0 5.1 3.4 1.7
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Hu's ERA last season was largely the product of an unsustainable BABIP (.120) and left-on-base percentage (80.7 percent) -- his FIP was all the way up at 5.16. But that was all in a small sample, and Hu's performance over 61.2 innings at Triple-A Durham was solid (3.06 ERA and 3.97 FIP). He pitched almost exclusively in relief, starting just four games after appearing in only nine games in relief in the first four years of his career. The move seemed to have a positive impact, as Hu's strikeout rate jumped up while his walk rate fell. If those improvements hold in Hu's second season in relief, he should provide real-world value as a solid middle reliever, though his fantasy value will be limited unless he makes a rapid and unexpected jump up the depth chart.
Hu provided plenty of reason for optimism in 2016 at Double-A Montgomery, where he posted a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and surrendered only seven homers over 142.2 innings. He didn't fare as well in one start with Triple-A Durham, giving up seven earned runs over 4.2 innings. The 23-year-old righty has posted impressive strikeout rates at stops in the lower levels, but last season's 18.4 percent rate is more indicative of the type of pitcher Hu projects to be in the big leagues. He pounds the zone with a low-90s fastball and plus changeup, which is his best pitch, while also mixing in three other change-of-pace secondaries. The Taiwanese righty has advanced pitchability and should be able to serve as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter in the big leagues by the end of 2017. He could also move to the bullpen if there is a greater need there, as his fastball would play up, giving him a nasty fastball/changeup combination that would give hitters fits from both sides of the plate.
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Cut loose by Cleveland
PFree Agent  AAA
July 30, 2019
Hu was released by Cleveland on Tuesday.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PCleveland Indians  AAA
July 8, 2019
Hu was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
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Designated for assignment
PCleveland Indians  AAA
July 3, 2019
Hu was designated for assignment by Cleveland on Wednesday.
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Returns from injury
PCleveland Indians  AAA
June 15, 2019
Hu (hip) returned from the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
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Heads to injured list
PCleveland Indians  AAA
Hip
May 30, 2019
Hu was placed on the 7-day injured list Thursday due to right hip flexor tightness, Tribeinsider reports.
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