Daniel Hudson
Daniel Hudson
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hudson latched on with the Angels prior to the 2019 season but was let go in March after scuffling in spring training. He joined the Blue Jays shortly thereafter and worked his way to the back end of their bullpen before getting traded to the Nationals at the deadline. The right-hander was lights out following the deal, posting a 1.44 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 25 innings for Washington. Hudson took over as the team's closer down the stretch following an injury to Sean Doolittle, and he pitched well enough -- converting six of his eight regular-season save chances -- to at least partially hang onto that role throughout the playoffs. Hudson returned to Washington on a two-year, $11 million deal. Doolittle probably enters the year getting most of the saves, but Hudson should once again serve as his handcuff. Some ratio regression is likely, as evidenced by his strand rate (81.8%) and FIP (3.97). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2020.
Picks up first save
PWashington Nationals
July 30, 2020
Hudson allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Blue Jays.
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Hudson successfully maintained a two-run lead for the Nationals to earn his first save of the season. He allowed a two-out double, but retired Cavan Biggio with a strikeout to end the contest. Most notably, Sean Doolittle -- another candidate for saves in the Nationals' bullpen -- did not enter the game, even with the team maintaining a lead from start to finish. Given that Doolittle has pitched only twice this season, he was almost certainly available to throw. Given that, it appears Hudson may be the team's primary choice to close games to begin the season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Daniel Hudson generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Daniel Hudson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .196 212 41 19 37 11 0 4
Since 2018vs Right .220 300 79 26 58 12 0 10
2020vs Left .000 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .167 6 2 0 1 1 0 0
2019vs Left .205 133 22 12 24 10 0 3
2019vs Right .213 171 49 15 32 7 0 5
2018vs Left .194 74 16 7 13 1 0 1
2018vs Right .231 123 28 11 25 4 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
-72%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.39 1.13 63.2 7 4 5 9.8 3.0 1.4
Since 2018Away 2.59 1.15 59.0 6 1 4 7.8 3.7 0.6
2020Home 0.00 0.27 3.2 1 0 1 12.3 0.0 0.0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 3.72 1.24 38.2 5 3 4 9.5 3.0 1.6
2019Away 1.05 1.02 34.1 4 0 4 7.9 3.7 0.3
2018Home 3.38 1.08 21.1 1 1 0 9.7 3.4 1.3
2018Away 4.74 1.34 24.2 2 1 0 7.7 3.6 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Daniel Hudson compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
0.00
 
K/9
12.3
 
BB/9
0.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
96.3 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.27
 
BABIP
.158
 
GB/FB
0.33
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2270 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.4%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In 2017, Hudson set a new career high with 21 holds, despite again allowing too many base runners for a reliever often tasked with working in high-leverage scenarios. Control is Hudson's primary issue -- he threw only 61 percent of his pitches for strikes last season. On the plus side, Hudson again posted a solid swinging-strike rate, supporting a 24 percent strikeout rate, helping bail him out of some precarious situations. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as he finished the season with a 4.38 ERA, too high for those looking for sources of holds. Don't read anything into his 2.70 ERA in September, his WHIP that month was 1.60. Hudson will be just 31 on Opening Day and has been durable since missing about two and a half years between 2012 and 2014 after tearing and re-tearing his UCL ligament. Sitting 96 mph, he could become a fantasy asset with better control, but unless he cuts down on the walks, his ratios will be too damaging.
After a strong season out of Arizona's bullpen in 2015, Hudson took a step back last season. His ERA and WHIP both went up and his K/9 went down. Hudson did at least finish strong, posting a 2.78 ERA and 9.9 K/9 from Aug. 1 through the end of the season. He also ended up going 5-of-7 in save opportunities after the team traded both Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard during the season. He inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Pirates during the offseason, which is a pretty solid landing spot if he hopes to eventually pitch his way into a ninth inning role. Tony Watson figures to begin the year as the closer, but the veteran southpaw only has 20 career saves over six seasons and lacks the wipeout arsenal of the traditional closers of the era. Hudson could be next in line if Watson falters, especially if the move from Arizona to Pittsburgh has the presumed effect of him becoming a slightly better pitcher.
Once considered a key member of the Arizona rotation, Hudson appears to have settled into a relief role after coming back from two Tommy John surgeries. In 2011, Hudson went 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA and 169 strikeouts across 222 innings, but then the elbow injuries started to pile up. Hudson tore his UCL in 2012, then re-tore the ligament during a rehab start a year later. Hudson didn’t pitch in the majors in 2013, and threw just 48 total MLB innings between 2012 and 2014, so it was a great sight to see Hudson stay healthy throughout the 2015 campaign. Hudson racked up 21 holds and four saves out of the bullpen. Given his effectiveness in his new role, Hudson could emerge as a candidate to push Brad Ziegler for the closer role in 2016.
Hudson appeared to be starting off a strong career with the Diamondbacks after posting a 3.01 ERA in his first 44 starts with the club. He got off to a horrific start in 2012 and eventually underwent not one, but two Tommy John surgeries costing him essentially all of 2012, 2013, and 2014. The right-hander threw 45 innings in 2012 before getting hurt and then just 2.2 innings of relief ball in September of last year, marking his comeback from the pair of surgeries. He will be used exclusively as a reliever in 2015, which could be pretty interesting. He will have to play his way into any real fantasy value, but he was hitting 95-96 mph out of the bullpen and could be a big strikeout force who eventually puts pressure on Addison Reed in the closer role, especially if Reed struggles with the inconsistency that plagued him last year.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, Hudson battled back from Tommy John surgery halfway through the 2013 campaign only to suffer a re-injury on the same elbow, forcing a second procedure. He is likely sidelined the vast majority of the 2014 season as a result of the injury, but the D-Backs re-signed him to continue his rehab efforts as a member of their organization during the offseason.
After three starts, Hudson landed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement. He was able to return in late May, but he lost velocity on his fastball and was removed from an outing in June with tightness in his right forearm. Further tests revealed a torn UCL in Hudson's pitching elbow, and he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in July. His recovery was on schedule in the offseason and Hudson is expected to return to the rotation at some point around the All-Star break.
Just as Hudson's 2010 FIP (3.28) suggested, he wasn't going to repeat the 2.45 ERA from his 14-start taste of the big leagues. Still, the results were encouraging, as Hudson racked up 222 innings and managed to deliver a useful number of strikeouts because of the high innings count. There's reason to believe that he might increase his strikeout rate given his career 10.6 K/9IP in the minors and an above-average 9.9 percent swinging strike percentage in 2011. He also displayed encouraging signs of growth with his walk rate and groundball rate, as both suggest that he has the tools to succeed as a No. 2 starter despite making half of his starts at hitter-friendly Chase Field.
In one of the best cost-cutting moves of the trade deadline, the D-Backs acquired Hudson from the White Sox for Edwin Jackson. He didn't disappoint with the move to the National League, going 7-1 with a 70:16 K:BB over 79.2 innings after August 1 and looking the part of a legitimate No. 2 or No. 3 starter for the team's rebuilding rotation. After logging 188.2 innings between Triple-A and the majors last season, there is no workload restriction to be concerned about here. Hudson has three quality offerings, and is able to generate plenty of whiffs with both his fastball and changeup thanks to his arm slot and the resulting deception in his delivery. Although he may not have the ceiling of a future ace, Hudson is polished and should carry a reasonable price tag on draft day.
Hudson pitched at five different levels in 2009, making his way to the majors all the way from Low-A Kannapolis. He averaged 10.1 K/9IP over his 147.1 minor league innings, and he's averaged more than nine at each minor league level. He has three plus pitches, and his fastball is effective in the low-to-mid 90s. The White Sox start the 2010 season with six other viable major league pitchers, so a few injuries stand in his way for a starting spot with the White Sox this season, but he should be in the rotation equation in 2011.
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Dominant in relief win
PWashington Nationals
July 30, 2020
Hudson (1-0) struck out three over 1.2 perfect innings of relief to pick up the win in Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays.
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To take bump Monday
PWashington Nationals
March 1, 2020
Hudson is schedule to make his first appearance of the spring Monday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
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Light workload to begin spring
PWashington Nationals
February 24, 2020
Hudson has no timetable for his Grapefruit League debut as the Nationals carefully monitor his spring workload, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Returns to Nationals
PWashington Nationals
January 6, 2020
Hudson returned to the Nationals on a two-year, $11 million contract Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Save clinches World Series berth
PWashington Nationals
October 15, 2019
Hudson earned the save in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS, giving up one walk in 1.1 innings.
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