Pirates acquire pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. from Cubs

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are bringing in a new arm to spring training after trading for Duane Underwood, Jr. from the Cubs for minor-league infielder Shendrik Apostel.

To make room on the 40-man, the Pirates designated Carson Fulmer for assignment.

Underwood Jr., a 26-year-old right-hander, was selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2012 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 2018 and appeared in a career-high 17 games in 2020, pitching to a 5.66 ERA over 20 2/3 innings, though he did post good strikeout (30.7%) and whiff (15%) rates.

His repertoire mainly consists of a mid-90s four-seamer, a changeup that he throws to both left-handers and right-handers and a low-spin curve, though he will occasionally mix in a two-seamer and slider.

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