Dakota Hudson

Dakota Hudson

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Hudson's recovery from September 2020 Tommy John surgery limited him to just one late-season start in 2021, but the Cardinals will be counting on him to serve as a full-time member of the rotation during the upcoming campaign. His strikeout (18.1%) and walk (11.3%) rates aren't very impressive, but his 57.6% groundball rate is elite, and that works particularly well with the Cardinals' strong infield defense. He will probably hurt your WHIP, but he could also notch double-digit wins and will be particularly appealing when he faces the Pirates, Cubs and Reds. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#470
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2022.
Throws five shutout innings for win
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 14, 2022
Hudson (3-2) earned the win Saturday against the Giants after throwing five scoreless innings, striking out two and walking two while allowing five hits.
ANALYSIS
As usual, Hudson didn't generate many whiffs, with the outing lowering his season strikeout rate to 13.5 percent, but a win and five scoreless frames still provide plenty of fantasy value. The righty didn't throw a single clean frame, but he avoided serious trouble throughout the night to drop his ERA to 3.06 through seven starts. He'll look to lower it again his next time out, which tentatively lines up for Thursday against the Mets.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
80
Last 10 Games
80
Last 5 Games
85
How many pitches does Dakota Hudson generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .163 180 29 17 26 6 0 4
Since 2020vs Right .261 153 28 16 35 4 0 5
2022vs Left .186 83 9 11 13 2 0 1
2022vs Right .298 65 11 6 17 2 0 3
2021vs Left .231 14 2 1 3 1 0 0
2021vs Right .211 20 4 0 4 1 0 0
2020vs Left .130 83 18 5 10 3 0 3
2020vs Right .241 68 13 10 14 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.20 1.02 41.0 3 1 0 6.8 3.5 1.1
Since 2020Away 3.43 1.24 42.0 4 3 0 5.6 3.6 0.9
2022Home 1.80 1.07 15.0 2 0 0 6.0 3.0 1.2
2022Away 3.98 1.52 20.1 1 2 0 4.4 5.3 0.9
2021Home 0.00 0.80 5.0 0 0 0 7.2 1.8 0.0
2021Away 4.91 1.09 3.2 1 0 0 4.9 0.0 0.0
2020Home 3.00 1.05 21.0 1 1 0 7.3 4.3 1.3
2020Away 2.50 0.94 18.0 2 1 0 7.0 2.5 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Dakota Hudson compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
1.18
 
K/9
5.1
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
92.2 mph
 
ERA
3.06
 
WHIP
1.33
 
BABIP
.246
 
GB/FB
2.30
 
Left On Base
82.1%
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.6%
 
Spin Rate
2103 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.1%
 
Swinging Strike
6.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Unfortunately, we won't see Hudson in 2021 as he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in September. He once again outperformed his estimators before going down, and to an even greater extent in 2020. He was even better in terms of run prevention than he was in 2019, shaving his ERA to just 2.77 across 39 innings. His strikeout and walk rates both improved in 2020, although they were still underwhelming at 20.5% and 9.9%, respectively. On account of those middling rates and a .192 BABIP, his deserved ERA is something closer to 4.50, but we have to remember that not all hurlers pitch to their estimators and Hudson deserves credit for keeping the ball on the ground and playable for the defense behind him. Hudson has in fact been one of the most prolific groundball starters in the game in recent years with a career GB rate of 57.3%. See you in 2022.
Hudson debuted in a relief role in 2018, but he entered the 2019 season as a starter after beating out John Gant in spring for the Cardinals' final rotation spot. He scuffled in his first start and temporarily moved to the bullpen, where he picked up a save in his lone appearance before rejoining the rotation. Over his subsequent 31 starts, Hudson went 16-6 while posting a 3.29 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. The right-hander doesn't strike out many batters -- his 7.0 K/9 was the ninth-worst mark among qualified starters -- relying instead on his sinker/cutter combo to help generate a league-best (among qualifiers) 56.9% groundball rate. While that contact-heavy approach worked for Hudson in 2019 with a strong defense behind him, indicators suggest he may not be quite as lucky in 2020 (4.93 FIP, 5.08 SIERA). Factor in an ugly 11.4 BB% and a good-but-not-great 1.1 HR/9 and there isn't a ton to get excited about.
Hudson, the 2018 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, was promoted in late July after posting a 2.63 ERA in 111 innings with Triple-A Memphis. Most impressive, especially for the PCL, was allowing just one homer. He carried that over to the majors, surrendering no long balls in 27.1 innings with St. Louis, all in relief. Hudson needs to keep the ball in the yard as his 96-mph sinker doesn't miss many bats (9.0% swinging-strike rate overall). Hudson appears to be one of several Redbirds battling for a rotation spot with the fallback of returning to the bullpen as a swingman. Considering he doesn't have an effective offspeed offering, he's better suited for relief work where his hard sinker can induce double plays when most needed. Hudson's ratios may play in simulation formats, but the lack of strikeouts is a huge detriment in standard fantasy play, regardless of his role.
Hudson has a huge arm and was a starter at Mississippi State, where he showed enough improvement with his command to warrant a slightly over-slot $2 million bonus from the Cardinals when he slid to them at No. 34 in the draft. He possesses a mid-90s fastball, wipeout slider and emerging curveball and changeup. He is at his best when inducing groundballs. Hudson pitched just 13.1 innings across stops at rookie ball and High-A Palm Beach following the draft due to a heavy workload in his last season in the SEC. On the plus side, Hudson allowed just one earned run and fanned 19 batters over that span. On the downside, he walked seven batters in 9.1 innings at High-A. Though the sample size is small, the numbers present a microcosm of Hudson's profile: Big arm, massive strikeout potential, questionable command. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound righty could be ready for Double-A early in 2017, and if he can show improved command, he could cruise through the upper levels, profiling as a future No. 3 starter in the big leagues.
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Struggles in short outing
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 8, 2022
Hudson allowed three runs on five hits and four walks over 4.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Giants. He did not factor in the decision.
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Quality start in loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 3, 2022
Hudson (2-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings in a 7-1 loss in Kansas City.
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Hurls six scoreless frames
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 28, 2022
Hudson (2-1) earned the win over Arizona on Thursday, pitching six scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and three walks while striking out four.
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Shuts down Reds for first win
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 23, 2022
Hudson (1-1) earned the win over the Reds on Saturday, allowing two hits and four walks over 6.2 scoreless innings. He struck out four.
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Takes loss versus Brewers
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 17, 2022
Hudson (0-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits in two walks in three innings, taking the loss Sunday versus the Brewers. He struck out two.
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