Phillies Prospect #42: Kyrell Hudson

The Phillies were able to lure Kyrell Hudson away from playing both baseball and football at Oregon State. In his debut season, Hudson showed that he's going to need work at the plate, but he has tremendous potential if he can pull it all together.

Acquired: Drafted in the third round of the 2009 Draft.
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 185 lbs.
Birth Date: December 6, 1990
2009 Team(s): Gulf Coast League
Positions/Games: CF (8 G)
School: Evergreen HS (Washington)

Why Hudson debuted at 42: Kyrell Hudson is one of those "athletic types" that some fans love to see the Phillies draft, while others hate. Hudson could have gone on to play football at Oregon State, but the Phillies were pretty persistent in their attempts to lure him away from football and get him to start his professional career. The question mark on him is if he'll be able to perform at the plate and his first pro season admittedly did little to calm those fears, but keep in mind that this is a kid just out of high school, with a lot of adjustments to make not just on the field, but in life as well, and it's easy to judge too much by his work in the short-season Gulf Coast League.

Category Kyrell Hudson GCL
PA/2B 20.0 23.6
PA/3B - 128.7
PA/HR - 109.1
PA/RBI 6.7 10.4
PA/R 13.3 8.9
PA/BB 13.3 11.6
PA/KO 4.4 4.9
AVG .162 .283
OBP .225 .316
SLG .216 .335
Categories with numbers in white show areas where the player outperformed the average player in the Gulf Coast League during the 2009 season. Categories with numbers in black show areas where he was below the league average.

Batting and Power: Hudson doesn't figure to have much power and that's not why the Phillies drafted him. He's going to have to develop skills at the plate and concentrate simply on making contact to get himself on base so he can use his speed. His strikeout numbers weren't too bad - 9 Ks in 40 PA - in the GCL, but he will need to improve on plate discipline and pick up more than the three walks that he was issued in 2009's short-season audition.

Baserunning and Speed: This is where Hudson is at his best. He's got explosive speed and has a 4.3 second span from the plate to first base. His instincts for stealing are good and with his natural speed, he has the ability to steal a bunch of bases at any level. He can sometimes get a little too overconfident when he's on the basepaths though and try to make a little too much happen at times when he should just take it one base at a time. One disturbing note is that he will also give up on groundballs that he hits and not bust it down to first base; in fact, he was known to do that even when he knew he was being scouted at the time. That's a concern, because without using his speed, Hudson has a huge hill ahead of him.

Defense: Hudson has a good, solid arm and with his speed, he's a natural for center field. He showed strong defensive skills and instincts in the GCL.

Projection: It's going to all be about hitting and attitude. He's got to learn the strike zone, be willing to just put the bat on the ball and let things fall into place. His days of sitting in the dugout while teammates shag fly balls are over, because Phillies coaches simply won't let him get away with that type of approach to the game. Hudson has the tools to be a special player, but it's up to him to put those skills to their best use. Hudson will stay behind in extended camp and then join either Williamsport or head back to the GCL in June. As things stand now, it's most likely that he'll be back in the Gulf Coast League.

Kyrell Hudson's career stats

2009 GCL 10 37 3 6 2 0 0 6 2 0 3 9 .162 .225 .216

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