Hudson with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018
|St. Louis Cardinals – No. 43|
|Born: September 15, 1994|
|July 28, 2018, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 18, 2019)
Hudson attended Sequatchie County High School in Dunlap, Tennessee. During his junior year in 2012, he committed to Mississippi State University to play college baseball. As a senior, he had a 1.09 earned run average (ERA) with 124 strikeouts in 64 innings. Hudson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft. He did not sign and attended Mississippi State.
As a freshman in 2014, Hudson started five games and made one relief appearance. He went 1–2 with a 4.67 ERA and 10 strikeouts. As a sophomore in 2015, he made 17 appearances in relief, going 1–1 with a 4.32 ERA with 26 strikeouts. Hudson returned to starting his junior year in 2016. Hudson started 17 games for the Bulldogs, going 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 113 innings pitched. He was named to the All-SEC First Team.
Hudson was considered a top prospect for the 2016 MLB draft, and he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (34th overall). He signed for $2M and was assigned to the GCL Cardinals, and after pitching four scoreless innings in four games, was promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals, where he finished the season with a 1-1 record and 0.96 ERA in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He began 2017 with the Springfield Cardinals and was named the starting pitcher for the Texas League All-Star Game which took place on June 27. After pitching to a 9-4 record and 2.53 ERA in 18 starts, he was promoted to the Memphis Redbirds on July 29. For Memphis, he started seven games, posting a 1-1 record and 4.42 ERA. He was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.
Hudson was a non-roster invitee to 2018 spring training. He began the 2018 season back Memphis, and was named the starting pitcher for the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game that was played on July 11. In July 2018, he was selected to represent the Cardinals in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game.
Hudson was promoted to the major leagues on July 27, 2018. He spent the remainder of the season in St. Louis, compiling a 4-1 record with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 27.1 relief innings pitched.
Hudson was named St. Louis' fifth starter going into the 2019 season.
Hudson proposed to girlfriend Ashlen Cyr in March of 2017. The two were married on December 9, 2017, and their first child, a son, was born on May 7, 2018.
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