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12/12/1977 (39 y, 2 m, 15 d)
1997 June Amateur Draft - Round: 43, Pick: 4, Overall: 1280, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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Hudson took on six at-bats Tuesday, recording three singles, an RBI, and a stolen base as the White Sox couldn't off the Indians in extra innings, 4-3. (10/3/2012)
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2012 Organizational Rankings: #26 – San Diego
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Year in Review:
Hudson expected to be in line for a big free agent contract but did not get a deal done until February. It ended up being a one-year contract, heavy on incentives. Hudson got off to a fantastic start, with a .349/.421/.500 line in his first 222 plate appearances of the year and looked like the biggest steal of the offseason. But then he put up a .248/.322/.373 line for the rest of the year and played such uninspired ball that manager Joe Torre felt Ronnie Belliard was a better option at second base down the stretch. Overall, Hudson essentially matched his career marks. His average (.283), OPS (.774), and wOBA (.342) were all within four points of his lifetime averages. Hudson won his fourth Gold Glove award last year, but for the second straight season (and third time in the last four years) finished with a negative UZR.
The Year Ahead:
Hudson has a reputation as a two-way star performer but at this point in his career he does not excel in any phase of the game. The final four-plus months of the season his offensive numbers were extremely disappointing. Yet they were similar to Hudson’s road numbers from the three previous years. From 2006 to 08, Hudson hit .315/.393/.509 in Chase Field and .274/.339/.392 in road parks. In his hot streak to start the season, Hudson had a .408 BABIP. It was a more typical .290 in his final 359 at-bats when he had a .700 OPS. Hudson has a lifetime .320 BABIP, so it is likely he will improve upon the .248 average with which he closed 2009. But no one should expect him to post the .305 mark he did in 2008. Hudson has been very consistent in his HR/FB numbers the past three seasons and he should once again approach double-digits in homers. (Brian Joura)
Hudson has been decent at second base for the Twins, but his future is a little murky, His only fantasy value that stuck out in 2010 was his 80 runs scored, but that stat was more to do with batting second in the Twins lineup. He doesn't hit for a good average anymore, falling from .305 in 2008 to .268 in 2010. He has not hit double-digit home runs since 2007 and that is looking even worse moving into spacious PETCO park. In 2010, though, he was able to tie a career high in SBs with 10. By signing with the Padres, he looks to have the starting second-base job. The Padres lineup isn't nearly as productive as the Twins, so his Run+RBI might take a hit. Also, his position in the batting order has not yet been set. If he bats leadoff or in the two-hole, he should be able to accumulate a decent number of runs. Expect him to be drafted in deep-mixed leagues or NL-only leagues. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Hudson's skills have been declining and his value looks to have taken a hit by signing with the Padres.
Despite starting the 2011 season as a 33-year-old with over 1000 MLB games under his belt, Hudson had some surprises up his sleeves for fantasy owners. The switch-hitter stole a career high 19 bases, but he also struck out more often than he ever had before. The result? A poor fantasy season, even in OBP leagues. Hudson probably won’t steal more than 15 bases again, but there’s a chance he could bring his batting average (and OBP) back to his previous career benchmarks. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Hudson showed some speed in 2011, but don’t expect it to continue in 2012. He’s a late-round pick in NL-only and deeper OBP leagues.
Hudson, 35, has nothing to offer fantasy owners other than stolen bases, and even those aren't anything special since he's only managed 10+ three times in his career. With no average or power left in the tank, O-Hud is an afterthought. (Mike Axisa)
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