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First Impression: Daniel Hudson

Mario Scalise

I know Tuesday night's appearance wasn't Daniel Hudson's major league debut, but since I missed his first one over the weekend (two scoreless innings, btw), this will have to do.

I have a habit when judging young pitchers of focusing a bit too much on their long-term health potential and having that affect how much success I feel he can have. I need to ease up on that habit, so who better to start with than the 22-year-old Hudson.

  • That doesn't mean I see an injury coming; I just don't see a lengthy career with his release (which probably explains the jump in velocity he's had since joining the Sox's farm system), but it definitely can be a bright one.
  • Why? For one, he had control. When you're talking about a 22-year-old who started the year off in single-A and throws in the mid-90s, you'd think control would be an issue, but it wasn't down in the minors and he certainly didn't show it to be one Tuesday night.
  • On top of that control, he showed an ability to stay consistent with location on all his pitches. He was able to throw a fastball, and follow it up with a changeup or slider in the same vicinity. If you're looking for a way to keep batters honest and respect all your pitches, that'd be one way to do it.
  • Not only was Hudson around the zone, but he kept everything down, which again, isn't like a typical 22-year-old with a mid-90s fastball.
  • But there is problem with that ... while most of his pitches were down, they were also away from the inner part of the plate, which doesn't bode well when you're throwing a 94-MPH fastball with tailing movement, so as he and the Sox move forward, they'll need him to work inside and challenge batters from time to time up in the zone, making his slider and changeup that much more effective.
  • As for stuff, Hudson's is above-average. His fastball sat between 90-94 with a late tailing/sinking movement, pending how low he threw it. He was throwing his changeup and slider in the 80-84 MPH range, which is fair differential. While his changeup looks to need work, like everything else, he was able to keep it down, which makes the pitch promising. Hudson's slider had a nice sharp break, which should serve as a nice compliment to his fastball, assuming he learns to pitch inside and up. In all, nothing eye-popping, but his control will make up for it.
  • Hudson's line on the night: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 SO, 0 BB. I liked what I saw and would hope he gets a few more opportunities before the season ends, because by the looks of it, he has a shot at the fifth spot in 2010.



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Jeff Buchanan said:


I didn't see this outing from Hudson but I did see his first and his control was very good then also, particularly of his secondary pitches (I think he threw 8 of 10 for strikes). I was also encouraged by the fastball velocity in that first appearance, I had been expecting 90-92 on the FB but he threw 92-94, touching 95 even.

Mario Scalise said:


Yeah. The velocity could have been a result of adrenaline and/or because he was throwing in relief and could max out a bit. Any idea if he was throwing 94-95 down in the minors?

Jason Gage said:


He was pitching in the low to mid 90's in the minors. The Bham gun had him hitting 99 a couple times but that gun is a few ticks too fast.

webegeek said:

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His motion, release point, and pitches reminded me of Lamar Hoyt.

Mario Scalise said:


Never seen Hoyt pitch, but if he can have the same four-year stretch that Hoyt had ... I'll take it, minus the whole drug problem.

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