2022 Player Outlook
Hudson missed the majority of 2020 and 2021 due to elbow surgery, but his return in 2021 was solid. In 8.2 innings of work, he logged a 2.08 ERA and he's an extreme ground ball pitcher. It's a good thing he keeps the ball on the ground because he has a slick-fielding defense behind him and a high walk rate. Health and command are the biggest question marks for Hudson. If you're looking for an upside arm in the middle-to-late rounds, take a flier on Hudson. There's a lot of ifs to be concerned with, but there are some things that are tried and true with Hudson. First and foremost, he's an extreme ground ball pitcher and will benefit from an excellent defensive infield backing him. Home runs shouldn't hurt him too terribly much, and if he's able to harness his command (career 11.3 BB%), he could return to his 2019 form, if not better. However, given that he threw just 8.2 innings last year, don't be surprised if St. Louis is cognizant of his workload over the course of the season.