Every time I watch Duane Underwood pitch, there are several questions running across my mind like the ticker at the bottom of ESPN. How close is he to being ready? Is his stuff good enough for the next level? Will he be successful if he gets the call? Okay, those are all pretty close to the same question. And the answer is always the same as well. Almost.
Drafted in the compensation round in 2012, Underwood has had his moments as a Cubs prospect. His stuff was eye-opening early on, with the only questions regarding his conditioning and the ability to stay healthy. He was throwing an easy 95 in A-ball and was named the Cubs MiLB pitcher of the Year in 2015 at Myrtle Beach after posing a 2.48 ERA that year in 73.1 innings.
Things started going off the rails for him in 2016 as he battled injuries for the better part of the season and ended up logging only 58.2 innings with a 4.91 ERA at AA Tennessee. Nothing required surgery, but it was a little alarming. He missed more than a month and made his last starts of the season at the lowest levels of the system as …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider