Dakota Hudson
Dakota Hudson
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2022
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#343
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2016 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Surgery goes as planned
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 30, 2020
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Hudson (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
ANALYSIS
Hudson is expected to rest up and recover for the next several weeks before he begins his rehab program in earnest during the winter. The 26-year-old right-hander is expected to remain sidelined through the 2021 season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
74
Last 10 Games
74
Last 5 Games
80
How many pitches does Dakota Hudson generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
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 2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-46%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-49%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .238 511 88 71 102 31 0 14
Since 2018vs Right .222 515 98 48 101 14 0 13
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
2018vs Left .275 53 8 11 11 2 0 0
2018vs Right .140 65 11 7 8 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.49 1.20 133.2 12 3 0 6.5 4.1 0.9
Since 2018Away 4.02 1.51 107.1 11 7 1 7.5 4.9 1.1
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
2018Home 0.00 1.05 14.1 2 0 0 8.2 5.0 0.0
2018Away 5.54 1.69 13.0 2 1 0 4.2 6.9 0.0
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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
2.07
 
K/9
7.2
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
92.9 mph
 
ERA
2.77
 
WHIP
1.00
 
BABIP
.194
 
GB/FB
2.14
 
Left On Base
81.3%
 
Exit Velocity
83.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.7%
 
Spin Rate
2195 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.3%
 
Swinging Strike
9.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
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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Tommy John surgery ordered up
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 27, 2020
The Cardinals announced that Hudson (forearm) will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Going for second opinion
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
September 24, 2020
Hudson (forearm) met with head team physician Dr. George Paletta on Wednesday and will seek a second opinion and further evaluation on his injured forearm, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Shifts to 45-day IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
September 22, 2020
Hudson (forearm) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Tuesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Medical evaluation set for Tuesday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
September 21, 2020
Hudson (forearm) is set to meet with Dr. George Paletta in St. Louis on Tuesday regarding the next steps in his recovery, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Likely done for 2020
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Forearm
September 20, 2020
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that Hudson (forearm) is doubtful to pitch again this season, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
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