Daniel Hudson, Relief Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates
Date of Birth: 3/9/1987
Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia
College: Old Dominion University
Current Salary: $5,500,000
Daniel Hudson, relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2008. He was a starting pitcher in their minor league system in 2008.
Hudson pitched in 2 games as a starting pitcher and 4 games as a reliever with the White Sox in 2009. He had a 3.38 ERA in 18.2 games. He spent the rest of the season in the minors.
The White Sox traded Hudson to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30, 2010. As a starting pitcher in 3 games with the White Sox and 11 games with the Diamondbacks, he had 8 wins and 2 losses, 84 strikeouts to 27 walks, and a 2.45 ERA in 95.1 innings. He continued to pitch from the Diamondbacks' starting rotation in 2011, finishing with a 3.49 ERA, 16 wins to 12 losses, and 169 strikeouts to 50 walks in 222.0 innings in 33 games.
Hudson had Tommy John surgery in July, 2012. He pitched in nine games as a starter prior to his surgery and he had a 7.35 ERA. In 2013, he had his second Tommy John surgery and he missed the entire season. He spent most of the 2014 season on the DL, recovering from the surgery.
When Hudson returned from his two surgeries, he was placed in the bullpen. As a reliever in 64 games in 2015, he had 4 wins and 3 losses, 4 saves, 71 strikeouts to 25 walks, and a 3.86 ERA. In 2016, he pitched in 70 games and he had a 5.22 ERA, 3 wins and 2 losses, 5 saves, and 58 strikeouts to 22 walks in 60.1 innings.
Hudson became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Pirates on December 21, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Hudson through 2016 include:
- 199 games played
- 512.0 innings pitched
- 35-23 win-loss record
- 435 strikeouts to 145 walks
- 3.94 ERA