Hudson settling in after trade to D-backs
NEW YORK — Daniel Hudson’s experience in dealing with changes is certainly coming in handy this weekend.
The newly-acquired pitcher showed up during Friday night’s game with the Mets and Saturday reflected on what was a whirlwind 24 hours for him as he was dealt from the White Sox to the D-backs on Thursday.
‘You go to bed the night before not really thinking about anything on the trade deadline to waking up the next morning with a bunch of text messages saying I just got traded,” he said. “It’s something you don’t like to go through, but it’s part of the game. [The White Sox] have to do what they think they need to do to win a championship.”
As for the experience in dealing with change, that came last year when Hudson played at all four of Chicago’s Minor League full-season teams and got a September callup to Sox.
No idea if that’s ever happened before, but if it has I could not have happened very often.
I went through quite a different number of clubhouses last year. It’s one of those things, they were kind of aggressive with me, I put up some decent numbers and they kept testing me.
“I had no expectations of that going into the year,” Hudson said. “Every couple of weeks it seemed they were calling saying you’re going up, you’re going up. It’s cool to think about looking back.”
So Hudson leaves a team that was in first place to come to the last-place D-backs. It’s a blow from a standings standpoint, but on the plus side for him, he’ll get to develop over these next two months without the added pressure of a pennant race.
The D-backs will have more freedom to let him learn at the big league level.
“I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for me to just get in there and get my feet wet,” he said. “It’s good to know that another team thought highly enough to trade for you. It’s very humbling for me. To be put in a good situation like I am right now, it’s very good for me I think.”
Hudson does have some friends in the clubhouse. He played with Mark Reynolds brother in high school so he knows Mark and he played on some traveling teams with Justin Upton.
I asked Hudson to describe himself as a pitcher for Arizona fans who do not know much about him.
“I’m not one of those guys that’s going to light up the radar guy,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and hopefully pound the strike zone, work down in the zone and get as many outs as I can to try to get guys to swing at pitches on the first three and try to get them to put the ball in play.”
Hudson throws a fastball that’s more of a four-seamer with run than a two-seamer with sink. His slider and curve he says are more in the “developmental” stage and he relies mostly on the fastball and changeup.
Hudson will wear No. 41 and start Sunday in the series finale against the Mets here at Citi Field.