Dakota Hudson
Dakota Hudson
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
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
$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2016 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Maintenance plan developed
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 15, 2020
Hudson is slated to throw at least 45 pitches in twice-a-week bullpen sessions while spring training remains suspended, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Rogers reports manager Mike Shildt and his staff are in the process of setting up a maintenance program for the team's starting pitchers to follow during the suspension of spring training. The templates will be individualized to an extent for each player, but Hudson, the projected No. 3 starter, is likely to see his fall approximately within the 45-pitch, twice-a-week guideline. The right-hander had worked up to 74 pitches in his second start of Grapefruit League play last Sunday against the Marlins, but that elevated count was primarily due to control issues he experienced during his 3.2 innings of work.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
84
Last 10 Games
86
Last 5 Games
69
How many pitches does Dakota Hudson generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-49%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .261 428 70 66 92 28 0 11
Since 2017vs Right .219 447 85 38 87 13 0 11
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
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-45%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.40 1.22 112.2 11 2 0 6.3 4.1 0.9
Since 2017Away 4.33 1.62 89.1 9 6 1 7.7 5.3 1.1
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1.58
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
3.35
 
WHIP
1.41
 
BABIP
.279
 
GB/FB
3.09
 
Left On Base
77.2%
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2199 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.2%
 
Swinging Strike
10.0%
 
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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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Control issues as starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
March 10, 2020
Hudson made his second start of Grapefruit League play Sunday against the Marlins and worked up to 74 pitches due to control issues, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Mixed performance in relief
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 28, 2020
Hudson allowed two earned runs on three hits across 2.2 innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Braves on Thursday. He struck out four.
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Slated to pitch Saturday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 20, 2020
Hudson is slated to pitch in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against a Mets split squad, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Nightmare start in NLCS clincher
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 15, 2019
Hudson (0-1) recorded just one out in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLCS, yielding seven runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk. He did not record a strikeout.
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Named starter for Game 4
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 10, 2019
Hudson will start Game 4 of the National League Championship Series against the Nationals on Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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