HUDSON HEAD, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: April 8, 2001
Drafted: 3rd Round, 84th Overall, 2019 (Padres)
How Acquired: Trade (with Padres for Joe Musgrove)
High School: Winston Churchill HS (San Antonio, TX)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|A high school quarterback, Head is an excellent athlete — ambidextrous, in fact — who drew little attention as a baseball prospect until he hit .645 with 13 home runs as a senior. San Diego drafted him and paid an above-slot bonus that was a record at the time for the third round. He has plus speed and an above-average arm, and could stick in center field. He also has surprising power despite not being very big. Head had little experience against top competition and probably needs changes to his swing mechanics, making him a very high-risk prospect. He was the best prospect that the Pirates acquired when they traded Joe Musgrove.
Considering the risk factors he presented, Head had a very good debut in rookie ball. He got on base at a good rate and didn’t strike out at an alarming rate. Baseball America rated him the tenth best prospect in the Arizona League and 20th in a loaded Padres’ system.
San Diego brought Head to their training facility, but he was hampered by hamstring problems. BA rated him 19th among Padres’ prospects at mid-season, but moved him up to eighth after San Diego traded many of their prospects.
Head continues the pattern with the new front office of focusing on lower-level prospects with high ceilings. With their West Virginia and Bristol affiliates being eliminated, they could send him to Bradenton in 2021.
|2021: Major League Minimum
|Signing Bonus: $3,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 4, 2019: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd round, 84th overall pick; signed on June 18.
January 18, 2021: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Omar Cruz, Drake Fellows and David Bednar to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joe Musgrove in a three-team deal; Endy Rodriguez sent from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Joey Lucchesi sent from the San Diego Padres to the New York Mets.