Friday, December 31, 2004

John Hudgins Report

John Hudgins, RHP, Texas Rangers
Drafted 76th Overall (3rd Rd), 2003 Draft, Stanford
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'2", 195 lbs

Aside from a brief late season promotion to Oklahoma, Hudgins mowed down hitters far and wide on his way onto the prospect lists. The Stanford product rolled to a 2.35 ERA with 73 strikeouts, 18 walks, 49 hits, and 4 home runs allowed in 65 innings at Stockton of the California League. Upon moving up to Frisco, he posted a 3.13 ERA with 64 strikeouts, 18 walks, 57 hits, and 12 home runs allowed in 69 innings.

His fastball is unimpressive, sitting in the high 80's most of the time, but he pounds the strike zone and has very good breaking stuff. He has an uncanny ability to change speeds and keep hitters off balance. There seems to be more of this kind of pitching prospect than there used to be. Then again, they may just be getting more attention with some teams openly looking for undervalued sources of talent.

ETA: Late 2005
4 Stars

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