Dakota Hudson

Dakota Hudson

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a $2 million contract with the Cardinals in June of 2016.
Five scoreless frames
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 1, 2021
Hudson got a no-decision in Friday's 4-3 win over the Cubs, allowing three runs and one walk with four strikeouts in five scoreless innings.
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Making only his second start of the season, Hudson made his case to be part of St. Louis' postseason staff with five clean innings and only 70 pitches thrown. He departed with a 2-0 lead, but Chicago eventually came back and erased the 27-year-old from the final line. Hudson will look to come back stronger in 2022 if he isn't part of St. Louis' postseason plans.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
66
Last 10 Games
66
Last 5 Games
66
How many pitches does Dakota Hudson generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Dakota Hudson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .234 472 82 61 94 30 0 14
Since 2019vs Right .233 470 91 41 97 13 0 13
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
2019vs Left .260 375 62 55 81 26 0 11
2019vs Right .232 382 74 31 79 11 0 11
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.68 1.20 124.1 10 3 0 6.3 3.9 1.0
Since 2019Away 3.86 1.47 98.0 10 6 1 7.9 4.4 1.2
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
2019Home 2.75 1.25 98.1 9 2 0 6.0 3.9 1.0
2019Away 4.13 1.61 76.1 7 5 1 8.3 5.1 1.3
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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
6.00
 
K/9
6.2
 
BB/9
1.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
2.08
 
WHIP
0.92
 
BABIP
.275
 
GB/FB
2.67
 
Left On Base
75.0%
 
Exit Velocity
76.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2008 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
12.0%
 
Swinging Strike
7.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Tabbed to start Friday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 29, 2021
Hudson will start Friday's game against the Cubs, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Pitches well Friday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 25, 2021
Hudson (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out three over 3.2 innings as he picked up the win over the Cubs on Friday.
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Activated as 29th man
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 24, 2021
Hudson (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and is the 29th man for Friday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
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Could be on verge of activation
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 23, 2021
Hudson (elbow) was pulled from his scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday due to the possibility of a looming activation from the injured list, the team's official site reports.
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Throws five rehab innings again
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 17, 2021
Hudson (elbow) started Triple-A Memphis' win over Louisville on Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two.
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