Hey, it’s the New Guy! Hudson was the first piece of the A’s pitching factory to make it to the big leagues and the first representative of their philosophy of drafting finished college pitchers with good control. An Auburn (boo!) product, he was in the majors less than two years after being drafted and never looked back.
Hudson isn’t a big strikeout pitcher (last year, he only struck out 103 in 188 2/3 IP, though he was hurt and I think he’ll rebound to a 150 K level). But he doesn’t walk many either, and has basically stopped giving up home runs (8 all season last year, and the number declined every year). As you’d expect, he gets ground balls, lots of them. Good infield defense will be key for him — meaning Chipper has to play at least as well at third base as he did last season, and Furcal has to play better.
Hudson, for the first time since his second season in the league, had his ERA go up and his innings go down. He was still darned good for the A’s, putting up a 12-6, 3.53 campaign. His career ERA is 3.30, his career W/L record 92-39. He’s pretty good. The Braves are trying to sign him to an extention.