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Daniel Hudson making name for himself with Diamondbacks

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01: Daniel Hudson #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 1 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 01: Daniel Hudson #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 1 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Former White Sox prospect and now Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson is dominating in the desert. He is fresh off a 8.2 innings outing of 2-hit baseball, picking up his eighth win of the season.

Since joining the Diamondbacks, Hudson has gone 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 starts. He has struck out 70 hitters and walked just 16, rounding his season WHIP out to 1.00. Hudson has been one of the best pitchers in the National League and should be considered a serious draft option in most leagues.

His minor league numbers speak for themselves. In 40 minor league starts, Hudson is 19-9 with a 2.65 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 256-56. His career minor league WHIP comes out to 0.98.

Another reason why I am convinced by Hudson's emergence with the Diamondbacks is because all 11 of his starts were recorded as quality starts. A quality start is defined as pitching at least six innings without surrendering three or more earned runs. Hudson never pitched less than six innings, making it to seven innings or later in 10 of his 11 starts.

Hudson beat the Padres once, the Giants twice, the Dodgers, and threw seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in a no decision. He lost to the Reds in a game when he struck out 10 and walked zero, but he surrendered three earned runs. In his next start against the Reds, he threw eight shutout innings and struck out eight.

He may get one more start this season but otherwise his excellent season is done.