Hudson Potts

24-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Atlanta Braves AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Hudson Potts in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Braves in December of 2022.
Outrighted to minors
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
March 25, 2022
Potts was outrighted to the minors by the Red Sox on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Potts was designated for assignment by Boston on Tuesday, and he'll remain in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. He'll likely begin the 2022 campaign with Double-A Portland.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Drafted 24th overall by the Padres in 2016, Potts reached the Double-A level in the San Diego organization before being traded to the Red Sox in late August of 2020. He was dealt along with Jeisson Rosario in exchange for one-plus month of Mitch Moreland's services. Boston did not give Potts a look in September in what was a lost season, but it did add Potts to the 40-man in November. Some scouts have put a 70 on Potts' raw power, and while that level of power has yet to show up in games, Potts has reached 20 HR in a minor-league season despite unrefined plate skills. Potts is still only 22 years old, but now that he's on the 40-man, the clock is ticking. Teams can only afford to be so patient, and Potts will need to show improvement with his plate skills on the farm this year if he's to carve out a spot in the Red Sox's future plans.
The Padres tabbed Potts with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 draft, accelerating him quickly to Double-A in 2018. Potts spend most of 2019 with Double-A Amarillo where he posted a .227/.290/.406 line, causing him to lose some of his prospect shine. That said, he was just 20 years old so there's plenty of time to rekindle the spark. To do so, Potts needs to work on his plate skill, making more contact while drawing more walks. His game is power; the question is how often he can get to it. A former shortstop, Potts has moved to third base where his glove plays well. The catch is Potts is blocked at the major league level, so he'll need another position change or a trade. The latter could boost his fantasy potential since Petco Park hinders power. Potts is an intriguing target for those in deep dynasty leagues since his stock is down and could benefit from a change in scenery.
Potts broke out in the second half of 2017, hitting .278/.325/.512 with 14 home runs in his final 65 games, and in 2018 he picked up where he left off. The second-youngest hitter in the Cal League, Potts ranked fourth in ISO (.217), ninth in home runs (17) and ninth in wRC+ (126) before earning an early-August promotion to Double-A. The right-handed slugger crushed southpaws at High-A and hit a respectable .276/.354/.473 against righties, so he should avoid a platoon. Easy plus power is the selling point with Potts. That power will likely always come with plenty of strikeouts, but given his age and ability to make adjustments, the hope is that he will improve against offspeed pitches and eventually become a more well-rounded hitter. He will return to Double-A, but could get a promotion to Triple-A before the end of his age-20 season, which serves as a good reminder of how young Potts is and how much time he has to improve as a hitter.
Potts and teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. each hit 20-plus home runs as 18-year-olds at Low-A. The last player to pull off that feat was Giancarlo Stanton in 2008. It may have been disappointing, albeit not surprising, that Potts slashed just .226/.259/.360 in his first 60 games as the fifth youngest hitter in the Midwest League. However, he eventually rewarded the aggressive assignment, hitting .278/.325/.512 with 14 home runs in his final 65 games. It's easy to pick apart his approach (140:23 K:BB), but he is so far ahead of his contemporaries from a production and competition standpoint, that we can give him a pass there for now. It's always a great sign when a prospect shows an early ability to make adjustments, and that should give us confidence in his ability to cut down on the strikeouts and improve his on-base skills. He has monster game-ready power, while not being overly pull-heavy (43.8 percent). At worst, he should be a 30-homer third baseman with a shaky average, but he could end up being much more than that.
A surprise first-round pick in last year's draft, Potts signed for less than half the slot value at No. 24, allowing the Padres to load up on more prep talent later in the draft. He changed his name shortly after getting selected (he was called Hudson Sanchez) and will soon see a position change from shortstop to third base. Fortunately, the bat projects to be good enough to handle a corner. He is already 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, but has not yet tapped into what could be plus raw power down the road. Potts posted an impressive 13:9 K:BB in 16 games in the Northwest League as a 17-year-old, but he was a little unlucky on balls in play. He will be one of the youngest players in the Midwest League this year, and if he can be a league-average hitter, that will be an encouraging indicator.
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Loses 40-man spot
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
March 22, 2022
The Red Sox designated Potts for assignment Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Reinstated from injured list
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
June 10, 2021
Potts (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Managing oblique strain
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
March 6, 2021
Potts has yet to play in a spring training game due to an oblique strain, Chris Hatfield of reports.
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Added to 40-man roster
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
November 20, 2020
Potts' contract was purchased by the Red Sox on Friday.
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Traded for Moreland
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
August 30, 2020
Potts and Jeisson Rosario were traded from the Padres to the Red Sox on Sunday in exchange for Mitch Moreland, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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