From the Field: Joe Hudson, C, Cincinnati Reds

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Joe Hudson was a 2012 6th round pick of the Reds out of Notre Dame.

When he was drafted he was considered one of the best defensive catchers in the draft. So good, in fact, that he was still considered a Top 10-round talent despite his weak offensive game.

He has been a slow mover through the Reds system, repeating both Low and High-A ball, and only this season cracked AA.

He does have some accolades though: he was a mid-season All-Star in the FSL in 2015, and a MiLB.com organizational All-Star in 2014.

He does have a little pop in his bat, and can take a walk. But his contact skills are lacking, and he has a career .316/.337/.653 line in the minors. But his glove is still top notch, and it will be what keeps him employed for the foreseeable future.

He has been invited to major league camp the past two seasons, and I think it is very possible that he could get called up at some point in 2018 in a defensive role.

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 22 0.7 Dayton MIDW A 87 295 1 27 3 1 32 48 .247 .328 .332 .661
2014 23 1.3 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ 94 314 8 39 2 2 35 63 .226 .315 .369 .684
2014 23 0.2 Bakersfield CALL A+ 14 45 5 9 0 1 2 9 .289 .319 .689 1.008
2014 23 1.5 Dayton MIDW A 80 269 3 30 2 1 33 54 .216 .314 .316 .630
2015 24 1.3 Daytona FLOR A+ 81 266 7 31 1 0 31 70 .214 .303 .342 .645
2016 25 1.0 Pensacola SOUL AA 67 207 2 16 0 0 31 59 .203 .315 .290 .605
All Levels (4 Seasons) 329 1082 18 113 6 3 129 240 .225 .316 .337 .653
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/12/2017.
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