Daniel Hudson

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Daniel Hudson
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Hudson with the Dodgers in 2018
Free agent
Born: (1987-03-09) March 9, 1987 (age 32)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record49–35
Earned run average3.83
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Claiborne Hudson (born March 9, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. Hudson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut for the White Sox in 2009, and has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals.

Amateur career[edit]

Hudson attended Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he played college baseball for the Old Dominion Monarchs. Hudson finished his collegiate career 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[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

The Chicago White Sox selected Hudson 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.

Hudson 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[edit]

The White Sox promoted Hudson 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[edit]

Hudson with the Diamondbacks in 2016

On July 30, 2010, the White Sox traded Hudson and minor league pitcher David Holmberg 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 two years after surgery, Hudson returned as a reliever late into the 2014 season. He pitched in three games, totaling ​2 23 innings.[citation needed]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Hudson with the Pirates in 2017

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[edit]

On April 2, 2018, Hudson signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[10] He made the Dodgers major league roster and pitched in 40 games for them (with one start) and was 3–2 with a 4.11 ERA in 46 innings, before missing the last month of the season with an arm injury.[11]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On February 9, 2019, Hudson signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels.[12] He was released on March 22, and signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on March 25.[13] Hudson finished his stint with the Blue Jays accumulating a 6–3 record with 2 saves and a 3.00 ERA in 45 games (1 start).

Washington Nationals[edit]

On July 31, 2019, the Blue Jays traded Hudson to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Kyle Johnston.[14] With the Nationals in 2019, he was 3-0 with six saves and a 1.44 ERA in 24 relief appearances (25 innings).[15] Between the Blue Jays and the Nationals combined in 2019, he was 9-3 with eight saves and a 2.47 ERA in 69 games (one start) covering 73.0 innings.[16]

Hudson missed Game 1 of the 2019 National League Championship Series to be with his wife in Scottsdale, Arizona, to witness the birth of their third daughter.[17] Hudson was on the mound when the Nationals won the 2019 World Series. On October 30, 2019 he pitched the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, striking out two of the three batters he faced (José Altuve and Michael Brantley) to close out a 6-2 victory as the Nationals defeated the Houston Astros to win the 2019 World Series championship.[18]

Pitching style[edit]

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.[19]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Old Dominion Monarchs bio". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  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. ^ "2018 Los Angeles Dodgers statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  12. ^ Adams, Steve (February 8, 2019). "Angels, Daniel Hudson Agree To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Collier, Jamal (July 31, 2019). "Nats restock 'pen with Hudson, Elias, Strickland". MLB.com.
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  17. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (October 12, 2019). "Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson said family is his top priority after missing Game 1 of the NLCS for the birth of his daughter". ESPN. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Washington Nationals win 2019 World Series". MLB. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Daniel Hudson". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  20. ^ 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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