Recent Hudson Article

I was just chatting with Kyle Hudson in the clubhouse and I realized that his hometown paper had just recently written an article about him.

It was published on August 18th in the Journal Gazette – Times Charleston.  Direct Link-Article

DELMARVA, Md. — Playing the 104th and 105th games of his minor-league baseball season in Sunday’s doubleheader, Kyle Hudson could find comfort from any fatigue.

Two years earlier the former Mattoon star was probably sweating through an even tougher double-day Illinois football practice.

Hudson still is benefiting from his time as an Illini receiver.

“Last winter I did workouts from Lou Hernandez, the football strength coach,” Hudson said. “He got my body ready for the season. I’m not an old man yet.”

In fact, the 22-year-old Hudson is holding up quite well with a .293 batting average that ranks third on the Baltimore Orioles’ Class A Delmarva Shorebirds team and 11th in the South Atlantic League.

Only two Shorebirds have played more games this year than Hudson, who is playing his first full professional season after an injury limited him to 11 games in the short-season Class A last year at Aberdeen, Md.

Now in a full Class A season, Hudson after playing both games of Sunday’s doubleheader did take a day on the bench Monday before the Shorebirds’ scheduled off day on Tuesday.

“The manager said I looked a little tired,” Hudson said. “I could have played and would have liked to have played.

“It’s a lot more games than I ever played. It’s been a little tough but I’m enjoying it.”

Playing mostly left field with a few games at the center field position he played for Mattoon and Illinois, Hudson had an enjoyable June hitting .303 in 89 at-bats and an even more enjoyable July with a .326 average again getting 89 at-bats.

He would not blame his 10-for-42, .238 batting through 14 games in August on a tired swing.

“That’s just how baseball is,” he said. “One thing I’ve learned is you have hot streaks and cold streaks. You go 3-for-5 and your two outs might be the hardest balls you hit all night. If you’re in a little rut, you make a few adjustments and hopefully you’ll be all right.”

Surprisingly, in building his season totals of 106 hits in 362 at-bats for the .293 average, the left-handed hitter has a .318 average in 85 at-bats against left-handed pitchers and .285 in 277 at-bats against right-handers, a switch from high school and college days when southpaws sometimes gave him troubles.

“You know, I’m not sure I can explain it,” said Hudson, who has half of his eight doubles against lefties to go with one triple this year.

The numbers probably bothering Hudson the most are ones showing he has been caught stealing a team-high 14 times while ranking third on the Shorebirds and 10th in the South Atlantic with 28 stolen bases.

“That’s one thing I think I have to work on,” said Hudson, who last year as an Illinois junior set a Big Ten Conference record with 40 stolen bases in 49 tries. “I’ve been thrown out too much for my liking. I think it’s just picking the wrong pitches to steal. I have to find the right time and the right count.”

The Orioles’ fourth-round draft choice from 2008 has 20 games in this season and maybe winter instruction leagues to correct that.

A year ago when recovering from his broken hand just as last season ended, Hudson was glad to get the chance to make up for lost time in the instructional leagues.

Now after playing in 105 games to date, he still would not see a fall assignment as a chore cutting short vacation time.

“I wouldn’t mind it,” Hudson said. “It’s always a good opportunity to go back and play somewhere. I have things to do. I need to work on my reading pitchers.”

Even a doubleheader in the dog days of August beats those double preseason football practices.

“When I was talking to Lou lately I said ‘good luck in Rantoul and try to stay cool,’ ” Hudson said of a recent conversation with the Illinois strength coach. “Double days were not a lot of fun.”

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