MadFriars.com brings the game to you in our exclusive scouting video series. This edition features San Diego Padres prospect John Hudgins in his first action of the year during the Padres fall Instructional League.
was on his way to returning to the form he had when Grady Fuson was with him in the Texas Rangers
system, pitching well and keeping hitters off-balance. Late in the 2006 season, he felt the pain and surgery followed, claiming the entire 2007 season.
"It was tough," said Hudgins. "It was a hard year really. Seeing where you could have been and what you could have done goes through your mind."
Now healthy, Hudgins was getting his feet wet in the Padres Instructional League. He has spent the rest of the off-season building up his stamina for the coming year - a year he believes will lead to his big league debut.
We have exclusive video of Hudgins' first outing in Arizona: