The stories concerning the pitching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks this Spring have been numerous. Can Ian Kennedy replicate his outstanding 2011 season? How will newly acquired Trevor Cahill bolster the starters? Will the additions of Brad Ziegler, Takashi Saito and Craig Breslow make a club strength even stronger? One player that has flown under the radar in March who could actually be the 2012 staff ace is Daniel Hudson.
Hudson just turned 25 on March 9th and already has 23 victories in his two seasons in Arizona. It appears he is on the verge of becoming a dominant starter for years to come. At 6 foot 3, his fastball which can approach 95 MPH, can overpower the best of Major League hitters. His changeup and hard slider allowed him to compile a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio last season. Perhaps the only thing holding him back is that he tends to lose his cool rather quickly on the mound. A borderline pitch called against him or broken bat bloopers are the types of things that have unraveled him thus far in his career. He is hoping in 2012 to become more emotionally mature to complement his obvious talent.
If Hudsoncan rein in his ultra competitiveness just a tad, we will certainly be able to call him 1A to Kennedy’s 1. Those two will conjure up memories of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling during their days in the Valley. Much like those two future Hall of Famers, D-Back fans are hoping that their top two guns will lead them to a World Championship.
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