JOE HUDSON, CATCHER
Born: May 21, 1991
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 6th Round, 202nd Overall, 2012 (Reds)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: University of Notre Dame
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

The Reds drafted Hudson as a glove-first catcher out of Notre Dame.  He’s a good receiver with an exceptional arm.  Over his career in the minors he’s thrown out 43% of base stealers, although he’s gone 0-for-7 in the majors.  He’s shown a little power, mainly when he’s played in high-offense leagues.  He had good plate discipline in the low minors, but has had more trouble making contact as he’s moved up.  He has only brief major league experience.  The Pirates signed Hudson to a minor league deal for 2021.

2012
INJURED

The Reds put Hudson on the disabled list right after he signed and he wasn’t able to play before season’s end.

2013
A:  247/328/332, 295 AB, 22 2B, 1 HR, 32 BB, 48 K, 3-4 SB

The Reds assigned Hudson to low A, where he was the primary catcher.  He didn’t do  much at the plate apart from showing good plate discipline.

2014
A:  216/314/316, 269 AB, 14 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 33 BB, 54 K, 2-3 SB
A+:  289/319/689, 45 AB, 3 2B, 5 HR, 2 BB, 9 K, 0-1 SB

Hudson went back to low A, where he hit less well than the year before.  In a brief stay in the hitting-happy California League, he had a power outburst.

2015
A+:  214/303/342, 266 AB, 13 2B, 7 HR, 31 BB, 70 K, 1-1 SB

The Reds sent Hudson back to high A, this time to the Florida State League.  He reverted to his previous form, with a higher K rate.

2016
AA:  203/315/290, 207 AB, 12 2B, 2 HR, 31 BB, 59 K

In AA, Hudson struggled more than usual at the plate.

2017
AA:  171/268/253, 217 AB, 15 2B, 1 HR, 29 BB, 50 K

Hudson spent another year in AA and struggled even more at the plate.

2018
AA (LAA):  346/393/577, 26 AB, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 7 K
AAA (Cinn):  235/339/294, 51 AB, 3 2B, 8 BB, 15 K
AAA (LAA):  311/380/478, 90 AB, 6 2B, 3 HR, 10 BB, 18 K
MLB (LAA):  167/167/250, 12 AB, 1 2B

The Reds moved Hudson up to AAA, but he missed April and part of May.  At the end of June, Cincinnati sent him to the Angels for cash.  He hit much better, probably helped by moving to the Pacific Coast League.  The Angels called him up in early September and he appeared in eight games.  He was outrighted after the season, became a free agent, and signed a minor league deal with St. Louis.

2019
AAA:  223/293/411, 197 AB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 20 BB, 69 K
MLB:  000/000/000, 1 AB, 1 K

Hudson spent most of the year in AAA.  He showed a little power, but it was a year when the Pacific Coast League slugged .477 as a whole due to a juiced ball.  The Cards called Hudson up in September, but he got only one plate appearance.  The team outrighted him and he elected free agency, signing a minor league deal with Seattle.

2020
MLB:  176/263/176, 17 AB, 2 BB, 5 K

The Mariners assigned Hudson to their training facility for the pandemic season.  He got a couple of callups and saw action in nine games.  They designated him for assignment after the season.

Hudson will probably share time with Andrew Susac in AAA.  Of the two, Susac will probably be first in line for a callup if needed.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor league salary
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $178,300
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: 9/8/2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: 2026
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 9/4/2018 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 2 (USED:  2020)
MLB Service Time: 0.131
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2012: Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 6th round, 202nd overall pick; signed on June 11.
June 30, 2018: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Angels for cash.
September 4, 2018: Contract purchased by the Los Angeles Angels.
October 26, 2018: Designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels; outrighted to AAA on October 31.
November 2, 2018: Became a free agent.
November 19, 2018: Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor league free agent.
September 1, 2019: Called up by the St. Louis Cardinals.
November 1, 2019: Outrighted to AAA by the St. Louis Cardinals; elected free agency on November 4.
January 22, 2020: Signed by the Seattle Mariners as a minor league free agent.
July 23, 2020: Called up by the Seattle Mariners.
October 19, 2020: Outrighted to AAA by the Seattle Mariners and elected free agency.
January 25, 2021: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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