A move has yet to be officially announced by the St. Louis Cardinals, but it appears likely that Dakota Hudson could be joining the team for this weekend series at Busch Stadium.
The right-hander started for Memphis last night, but was removed from the game after facing two batters in the 2nd inning. According to the play-by-play broadcast, manager Stubby Clapp presented Hudson with a ball on the mound and there were smiles and hugs amongst the pitcher and his teammates before he exited.
It was just the second time in 19 starts that Hudson had not pitched at least 5.0 innings and he entered the night leading the PCL with 13 wins and his 2.36 ERA ranked third.
Selected by St. Louis with their first pick (34th overall) of the 2016 amateur draft, Hudson is set to join the likes of Michael Wacha, Marco Gonzales, and Luke Weaver as 1st round picks that made their MLB debut just two seasons after being selected by the Cardinals.
Able to throw his fastball in the high 90s and compliment with a slider/cutter, Hudson spent a lot of time working on his curveball during Spring Training applying some advice from Adam Wainwright and throwing partner Austin Gomber.
Earlier this month, Hudson was the starting pitcher for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game and he also threw a perfect inning in the MLB Futures Game.
In 44 minor league starts, Hudson has compiled a record of 25-9 with 202 strikeouts and 94 walks in 277.2 innings pitched.
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