Daniel Hudson
Daniel Hudson
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Daniel Hudson in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2019.
Saddled with second loss
PToronto Blue Jays
May 25, 2019
Hudson (3-2) took the loss Friday against the Padres, allowing three runs (two earned) on a hit and a walk in one inning of relief.
Entering a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, Hudson walked Manny Machado with one out then got Eric Hosmer to ground weakly back to the mound for what should have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, the right-hander fired wide of second base to put runners on the corners, then served up a homer to Hunter Renfroe to put the game out of reach. Hudson now has a mediocre 4.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 21:13 K:BB through 23.2 innings with the Jays, but he'll likely continue to see some high-leverage work by default in a bullpen that lacks established, effective options.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .238 247 50 30 51 11 2 7
Since 2017vs Right .221 324 81 34 62 11 0 11
2019vs Left .268 47 6 6 11 4 0 3
2019vs Right .146 56 15 7 7 1 0 2
2018vs Left .194 74 16 7 13 1 0 1
2018vs Right .231 123 28 11 25 4 0 5
2017vs Left .255 126 28 17 27 6 2 3
2017vs Right .242 145 38 16 30 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 3.79 1.19 71.1 3 5 0 9.2 3.4 1.5
Since 2017Away 4.80 1.53 60.0 5 6 0 8.7 5.6 0.9
2019Home 7.07 1.43 14.0 0 2 0 7.7 3.9 3.2
2019Away 0.00 1.14 9.2 3 0 0 8.4 6.5 0.0
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
2017Home 2.75 1.17 36.0 2 2 0 9.5 3.3 1.0
2017Away 6.66 1.87 25.2 0 5 0 9.8 7.0 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 this season's data (min 20 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.
    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.
95.9 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
Spin Rate
2471 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Surrenders one as opener
PToronto Blue Jays
May 10, 2019
Hudson gave up a run on two hits and struck out one across one inning Friday against the White Sox.
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To be used as opener
PToronto Blue Jays
May 10, 2019
Hudson will be used as an opener Friday against the White Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Notches third hold
PToronto Blue Jays
April 16, 2019
Hudson struck out one in two-thirds of an inning Monday to record his third hold of the season in a win over the Twins.
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Joining Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays
March 24, 2019
Hudson will sign a major-league deal with the Blue Jays on Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Let go by Halos
PFree Agent
March 22, 2019
Hudson was released by the Angels on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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