Daniel Hudson Traded to Washington Nationals

Daniel Hudson
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JULY 16: Relief pitcher Daniel Hudson #46 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 16, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays have traded one of their relievers. However, it’s not Ken Giles. Right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson has been shipped to the Washington Nationals per Scott Mitchell of TSN Sports. In exchange, the Washington Nationals received Kyle Johnston.

Washington Nationals Acquire Daniel Hudson

Daniel Hudson 2019 Season

At 32 years of age, Daniel Hudson is having a fine year. He sports a 3.00 ERA, 151 ERA+, 4.21 FIP, 1.271 WHIP. His walks are high at 4.3 BB/9, but his HR/9 is a low .9 and his SO/9 is a decent 9.0. He has had success against both lefties and righties this year. Lefties are slashing .224/.318/.434/.752 against him and righties are hitting him to a tune of .208/.305/.317/.622.

Standard Pitching
Year Tm W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2019 TOR 6 3 3.00 45 2 48.0 38 16 5 23 48 151 4.21 1.271 7.1 0.9 4.3 9.0

Kyle Johnston to Blue Jays

Toronto receives Kyle Johnston, the Nationals 27th ranked prospect by MLB pipeline, in the deal. At Class A Advanced this year Johnston sports a 4.03 ERA and has struck out 100 in 105 innings while walking Opponents are hitting .235 against him.

MLB.com grades his fastball and cutter as both 60. His entire scouting grades are as follows:

Fastball: 60 | Cutter: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 40 | Overall: 40

Nationals Bullpen Reinforcements

Daniel Hudson will be a useful piece in Washington’s bullpen as the Nationals shore up some depth. After Sean Doolittle, the Nationals have not had much quality production from their relief core. Their ERA currently stands at 5.97, worst among all major league teams. Simply by looking at the chart of Nationals relievers who pitched over 10 innings this year it can be seen they were in need of help.

Team Pitching
Name W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
Name W L ERA G SV IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
Sean Doolittle* 6 2 2.86 45 23 44.0 45 14 4 11 54 161 2.84 1.273 9.2 0.8 2.3 11.0
Wander Suero 3 5 4.72 51 1 47.2 43 25 4 17 56 98 3.16 1.259 8.1 0.8 3.2 10.6
Matt Grace* 0 2 5.93 45 0 41.0 49 27 8 8 30 78 4.96 1.390 10.8 1.8 1.8 6.6
Kyle Barraclough (40-man) 1 2 6.66 33 0 25.2 33 19 8 12 30 70 6.58 1.753 11.6 2.8 4.2 10.5
Tony Sipp* 1 2 4.71 36 0 21.0 19 11 1 9 18 99 3.56 1.333 8.1 0.4 3.9 7.7
Javy Guerra 1 0 4.80 23 0 30.0 30 16 3 10 21 97 4.13 1.333 9.0 0.9 3.0 6.3
Joe Ross 0 3 9.85 19 0 24.2 39 27 5 13 25 47 5.90 2.108 14.2 1.8 4.7 9.1
Tanner Rainey 1 3 4.07 28 0 24.1 17 11 3 19 37 114 4.38 1.479 6.3 1.1 7.0 13.7
Austin Voth (10-day IL) 1 0 4.35 4 0 20.2 19 10 3 6 20 107 4.49 1.210 8.3 1.3 2.6 8.7
Justin Miller (DFA) 1 0 4.02 17 0 15.2 16 7 5 4 11 116 7.12 1.277 9.2 2.9 2.3 6.3
Kyle McGowin (40-man) 0 0 9.69 5 1 13.0 17 14 5 3 16 49 6.69 1.538 11.8 3.5 2.1 11.1
Fernando Rodney 0 2 3.86 13 2 11.2 13 5 1 6 12 122 3.83 1.629 10.0 0.8 4.6 9.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com; *Indicates left handed pitcher

 

Obviously, Hudson alone will not make a huge difference in the Nationals pen. However, as of the time of this writing, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Nationals have acquired Roenis Elias from the Seattle Mariners. Stay tuned for a separate report on that trade.

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