Sep 2nd, 2009

Hudson Completes Meteoric Rise

By Jeff Buchanan

According to the Newport News Daily Press, Dan Hudson was today promoted to Major Leagues completing his meteoric rise through the White Sox system. Assuming Hudson makes an appearance with the Sox he will have pitched in an astonishing five different levels of professional baseball this season.

Hudson, a fifth round pick in the 2008 draft out of Old Dominion has compiled a 14-5 record in 26 starts this year with a 2.32 ERA and 0.943 WHIP. He has achieved this level of success with a great strikeout rate (10.14 K/9) and walk rate (2.08 BB/9), pitching off of his low to mid 90’s fastball, biting slider, change-up and occasional curve, all of which he throws from a modified 3/4 arm slot. Hudson’s declining ground ball rate could be viewed as a possible cause for concern, but he should be able to supplant the fly balls somewhat with his strikeout rate.

Hudson came into the season ranked as our 12th best prospect in the White Sox system, he was duly bumped up to 4th in our midseason update, and he would currently rank as a close 2nd behind Tyler Flowers in my personal list if I was making one today. It is currently unknown as to what role Hudson will occupy with the Sox, but due to his innings total it is likely that we will see him out of the bullpen.

With the White Sox season seemingly over, the promotions of Hudson and Flowers will give us some reason to watch the Sox over this last month of the season and hopefully we don’t see either of them in the minor leagues again.

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