Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Player profile: Orlando Hudson - Overwhelming Coolness

posted by Jon Williams
Orlando Hudson
Fantasy Impact:
Orlando Hudson is a great baseball player. Orlando Hudson is not a great fantasy pick but he could be a useful one especially now that he is an Arizona Diamondback. Hudson is essentially a .270 hitter with a bit of pop in his bat. He has decent speed but isn't very good at stealing bases. Hudson's right-handed power should be maximized by Arizona's Chase Field Stadium (whatever its called these days). I think that power maxes out at 15 or so homers but I said useful not amazing. A stat line of .275/330/.440 with 10-15 home runs looks very possible even if it is a little optimistic.

Background:
Almost everyone likes Orlando Hudson. You can tell the fans in Toronto like him by how many of them would rather have Hudson than Troy Glaus. The Blue jays got a fantastic deal when they traded Hudson's defense for the bat of Glaus and the chance to get Aaron Hill into their everyday lineup. Hudson is probably the best defensive secondbaseman in baseball right now. He is very very good. The Diamondback pitchers who use their defense should reap benefits The Diamondbacks should have a new fan favorite very soon.

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2002 TOR 54 192 20 53 10 5 4 23 11 27 0 1 .276 .319 .443 .762
2003 TOR 142 474 54 127 21 6 9 57 39 87 5 4 .268 .328 .395 .723
2004 TOR 135 489 73 132 32 7 12 58 51 98 7 3 .270 .341 .438 .779
2005 TOR 131 461 62 125 25 5 10 63 30 65 7 1 .271 .315 .412 .728
Career 462 1616 209 437 88 23 35 201 131 277 19 9 .270 .328 .418 .746

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