Daniel Hudson

Daniel Hudson
Hudson with the Dodgers in 2018
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 41
Born: (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987
Lynchburg, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through August 21, 2018)
Win–loss record 40–32
Earned run average 3.99
Strikeouts 545
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Claiborne Hudson (born March 9, 1987) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Amateur career

Hudson attended Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he finished second all-time in strikeouts with 295 (Justin Verlander is first all-time), sixth in games started with 40 and seventh in innings pitched with 292. He posted a win–loss record of 20–14, and had a 3.79 earned run average.[1]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

Hudson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. For the remainder of the 2008 season he was assigned to the White Sox rookie-level affiliate, the Great Falls Voyagers, where he posted a W–L record of 5–4 and an ERA of 3.36 in 14 starts. He struck out 90 batters in 69 2/3 innings.

He began the 2009 minor league season at Low-A level, with the Kannapolis Intimidators. After posting a 1.23 ERA in four starts, Hudson was promoted to the Winston-Salem Dash, the Sox Advanced-A team. After 8 starts and a 3.40 ERA in Winston-Salem, Hudson was once again on the move up, this time to the Double-A Birmingham Barons. Hudson's rapid rise through the White Sox minor league system continued in Birmingham, where he posted a record of 7–0, with a minuscule 1.60 ERA. After nine starts at Double-A level, Hudson was promoted to Triple-A. With the Charlotte Knights Hudson went 2–0 with an ERA of 3.00 in five starts.

Chicago White Sox

He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 3, 2009, after posting a 14–5 record and a 2.32 ERA, and striking out 166 in 147 1/3 innings at four minor league levels.[2] In his Major League debut on September 4, 2009 he pitched two innings of scoreless relief. Hudson made three appearances out of the White Sox bullpen before taking over Gavin Floyd's spot in the rotation for the remainder of the 2009 season, after Floyd sustained a hip injury. He received his first win in his second start on September 27, 2009, allowing two earned runs over six innings at U.S. Cellular Field vs. the Detroit Tigers. That victory completed the rare accomplishment, and perhaps unique in baseball history, of recording wins in five different levels of professional baseball, including the majors, in one season.

After starting the 2010 season in the minors, Hudson was called up on July 11, 2010 to replace Jake Peavy, who was out for the season with a torn right latissimus dorsi muscle.[3]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On July 30, 2010, Hudson and minor league pitcher David Holmberg were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Edwin Jackson.[4] He was 7–1 with a 1.69 ERA with the Diamondbacks that season. Hudson finished the 2011 season 16–12, with a 3.49 ERA and 169 strikeouts over 222.0 innings pitched. He also hit .277/.309/.369 and had 14 RBI and 1 home run as a batter. He helped lead the team to an NL West division title and won the 2011 pitching Silver Slugger as the best batter at his position. On July 9, 2012, Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery which eliminated him for the remainder of the 2012 season. Hudson began the 2013 season on the 60-day disabled list still recovering from the Tommy John surgery he previously had. In a rehab start with the Double-A Mobile BayBears on June 4, 2013, Hudson re-tore his ulnar collateral ligament. Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time of his career on June 18, 2013, which shut him down for the entire 2013 season. After the season, Hudson was non-tendered by Arizona, becoming a free agent. It was rumored that Hudson still wanted to return to the Diamondbacks and on December 13, 2013, Hudson signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks.[5]

Nearly 2 years after surgery, Hudson returned as a reliever late into the 2014 season. He pitched in 3 games, totaling 2.2 innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On December 21, 2016, Hudson signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[6] In the 2017 season, Hudson appeared in 71 games for the Pirates, compiling a 2-7 record and a 4.38 ERA.[7]

On February 22, 2018, the Pirates traded Hudson, Tristan Gray, and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays for Corey Dickerson.[8] However, the Rays released him on March 28.[9]

Los Angeles Dodgers

On April 2, 2018, Hudson signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[10]

Pitching style

Hudson's pitch repertoire is as follows:

About half of Hudson's pitches are four-seamers. He also uses the two-seamer and changeup against left-handers, while using all of them against right-handers. The two-seamer and cutter tend to be used earlier in the count to get ahead, while the slider and changeup are often used in 2-strike counts. Hudson featured an occasional curveball early in his career, but he has not thrown the pitch since 2010.[11]

Awards and honors


  1. Old Dominion Monarchs bio
  2. Daniel Hudson Statistics and History Baseball-Reference.com
  3. "Chicago White Sox to call up Daniel Hudson to replace Jake Peavy in starting rotation". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  4. "White Sox get Jackson amid speculation". Chicago White Sox. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  5. "Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  6. Berry, Adam (December 21, 2016). "Hudson's gritty path brings him to Steel City". MLB.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  7. https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hudson002dan
  8. "Pirates add Corey Dickerson to outfield in three-player trade with Rays". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  9. Todd, Jeff (March 28, 2018). "Rays Release Daniel Hudson". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  10. Stephen, Eric (April 2, 2018). "Dodgers sign Daniel Hudson to minor-league deal". SB Nation. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  11. "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Daniel Hudson". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  12. Mayo, Jonathan (December 31, 2009). "Hudson stormed way to Majors, MiLBY: Sox righty made way from Class A to U.S. Cellular Field". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
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