LHP Bryan Hudson has been acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for LHP Justin Chambers and a player to be named or cash. pic.twitter.com/0xBbP3ktqI— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) January 3, 2024
Hudson, 26, made his big-league debut in 2023, appearing in six games out of the bullpen.
He allowed seven runs in 8 2⁄3 innings, but his work in Triple-A was far more encouraging.
In 55 2⁄3 innings, Hudson posted a 2.43 ERA and 3.02 FIP. He struck out 35.7% of batters faced.
Hudson relies heavily on a 92-mph fastball that tops out at 96. Because the 6-foot-8 southpaw generates elite extension and releases the ball closer to the plate than most pitchers, it looks to hitters as if he's throwing 94-98.
Hudson used that fastball about 75% of the time in Triple-A. Despite a suboptimal movement profile, it induced whiffs on 28.8% of swings due to an above-average spin rate and Hudson's deceptive sidearm release slot.
Hudson also throws a mid-80s cutter and a sweeping slider. He turns primarily to his fastball in all counts but will use his slider as a putaway pitch.
The Dodgers designated Hudson for assignment last week to clear a roster space for Yoshinobu Yamamoto. He joins a Brewers bullpen that lacks quality left-handed relief outside of Hoby Milner. Aaron Ashby's role remains in flux after shoulder surgery, and Ethan Small and Clayton Andrews have struggled in very limited big-league action.
Hudson adds an upside arm to that group. He has two option years remaining, so the Brewers can shuttle him between Triple-A and the big leagues based on their bullpen needs at the time.
Chambers was a 20th-round selection by the Brewers in the 2023 draft. He has yet to make his professional debut.