Dan Hudson Dominant in First D-backs Start
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By Greg Salvatore
Aaron Gleeman at NBC Sports’ HardballTalk checks in on Dan Hudson after his dominant performance yesterday at Citi Field in New York, where the D-backs polished off a 5-1 record against the Mets in 2010.
“…his minor-league track record is excellent and I think he’ll do well in Arizona. Plus, even if he proves to be merely a decent fourth or fifth starter Hudson will be far more valuable to the Diamondbacks than Jackson will be for the White Sox.”
A few others on the Hudson-and-Holmberg for Edwin Jackson deal:
ESPN.com’s Keith Law on KTAR:
“Love the Jackson deal. That’s the one situation here where I think (the D-backs) actually got more value back than they gave up.
“The fact that (Hudson) has succeeded at every level of the minors, dominated at Triple-A, says to me they’re doing the right thing. Just put him in the rotation now in the Major Leagues and just let him go for the next couple of years.”
Christina Kahrl at Baseball Prospectus on David Holmberg, the other pitcher acquired with Dan Hudson:
“Holmberg was the second-round pick of the Sox in the 2009 draft. As Kevin Goldstein noted in his pre-season Top 11 list, the big lefty was the “one of the most polished high school pitchers in the draft,” mixing in a quality curve and change with relatively normal southpaw velocity. After debuting in the Appy League last season, he’s moved up to the Pioneer League this year, having just turned 19. There, he’s got a 3-to-1 ratio of strikeouts to walks, twice as many grounders as flies, and a lot of people wondering if he’ll add velocity as he matures.”