Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
3 days ago

Hudson allowed one run on one hit and two walks Friday, retiring just one batter.

EDGE Analysis

He surrendered a solo homer to break a 2-2, seventh-inning tie and has now given up six home runs in only 31 innings. Hudson hasn't delivered the goods since Pittsburgh signed the free agent to a two-year, $11-million contract over the winter. His 4.1 BB/9 is the worst since his rookie season and a 5.23 ERA nearly mirrors that of his prior campaign (5.22). Hudson has proven to be a bust but the Bucs have few alternatives and continue to stand by him.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
4 weeks ago

Hudson has allowed 23 hits and nine walks in 22 innings this season with an ERA of 6.04.

EDGE Analysis

After starting the season as the primary set-up man for manager Clint Hurdle, Hudson has watched his stock drop throughout the season as he struggles to adjust to his first season away from Arizona since 2010. Even excluding his disaster of a game in Miami when he gave up five runs and only recorded one out, his ERA is still frightfully high at 4.09. The game against Miami certainly inflated his stats, but underneath that blunder sits a pitcher who has had trouble holding his own in Pittsburgh's bullpen.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
2 months ago

Hudson recorded only one out Sunday while giving up five runs on four hits and one home run against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Hudson saw his ERA jump from 5.59 to 9.90 because of the outing, which was a fitting way to end a relatively dismal first month of the season. The 30-year-old still operates as Pittsburgh's primary setup man and has recorded seven holds, but he's allowed 11 runs over 10 innings.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
3 months ago

Hudson will serve as the team's primary setup man to start 2017, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Clint Hurdle said he expects his seventh, eighth and ninth innings to line up with Felipe Rivero, Hudson and closer Tony Watson. Hudson will get the first chance to close if Watson can't go, but Rivero is waiting in the wings.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
4 months ago

Hudson will serve as Pittsburgh's closer on days Tony Watson is unable to close, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pirates GM Neal Huntington announced the team's pecking order for saves, listing Watson first and then Hudson and Felipe Rivero. Huntington typically doesn't permit his relievers to pitch three straight days, giving Hudson the chance to potentially close after Watson has thrown in back-to-back calendar days. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Pirates move Watson (who will become a free agent after 2017) at the trade deadline, freeing up Hudson to close in the second half of the season.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
6 months ago

Hudson signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Pirates on Monday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Hudson's produced an ugly 5.22 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 60.1 innings with the Diamondbacks last season, the right-hander flashed the skills that suggested he could become a dominant reliever. Hudson had an average fastball velocity of nearly 96 miles per hour and struck out nearly a batter per inning last season, so if pitching coach Ray Searage can work his magic and help him improve his secondary offerings, he could show vast improvement with his numbers. For the time being, Tony Watson is the frontrunner to open the season as the Pirates' closer, but Hudson could rank as the top challenger out of the bullpen. He briefly served as the Diamondbacks' closer in the final month of the season to promising results, generating three saves and a 1.54 ERA over 11.2 innings.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
9 months ago

Hudson got the final four outs, including a strikeout, in Wednesday's win over San Diego for his fourth save.

EDGE Analysis

He lived dangerously, allowing three line drives -- all caught, fortunately. The Diamondbacks don't offer Hudson a whole ton of save chances, but he's been at his most effective lately; over his last seven appearances (7.1 innings), he's allowed just a single run on seven hits with a 12:2 K:BB.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
9 months ago

Hudson picked up his third save in Monday's win over the Rockies with a scoreless ninth.

EDGE Analysis

Hudson has struck out eight and walked just one over five innings since picking up his second save of the season August 30 against the Giants. It's unclear if he has the stuff to hack it as a closer long-term, but if he keeps pitching like this, he might have the inside track at the role come next season in Arizona.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
10 months ago

Hudson allowed a run on one hit but still picked up his second save Tuesday against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Hudson has allowed a run in each of his past two appearances, a blown save August 26 and Tuesday's successful outing. The Diamondbacks are testing out Hudson in the closer's role down the stretch thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness out of their bullpen, but it's likely to be a challenge considering Hudson's lack of the typical closer strikeout stuff. Since he moved to the bullpen full time in 2015, Hudson has 113 strikeouts in 115.1 innings -- decent, but not enough to make up for his susceptibility to the home run ball (12 allowed over the past two seasons, 0.9 HR/9). The Diamondbacks have little to lose with this experiment, though, so Hudson's performance as closer will be worth keeping an eye on.

Daniel Hudson
RP PIT
10 months ago

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Hudson could move into a late-innings role, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given the recent struggles of Jake Barrett and Enrique Burgos at the back end of the Arizona bullpen, the announcement makes sense. Hale said both Hudson and Randall Delgado could be used in high-leverage situations going forward. Hudson recorded 20 holds a season ago and has 17 in 2016, so he's probably the safer bet of the two to see save opportunities.