After appearing in 26 games out of the bullpen in 2018, Dakota Hudson turned in 32 starts for the Cardinals in 2019. Hudson will play an important role in the Cardinals rotation in 2020, his age-25 season.
Though we are currently unsure of when Opening Day will be, Jack Flaherty is set to start the game for St. Louis. Hudson will likely follow Flaherty in the rotation, as Miles Mikolas has been dealing with a flexor tendon injury in his right arm and missed most of the exhibition play. Adam Wainwright has a spot, with the fifth and final spot most likely going to Carlos Martinez.
It doesn’t amount to much (if anything), but Hudson led the staff with 16 wins last year and fell second to only Flaherty in several team leaderboards.
2019 Statistics: 174 2⁄3 IP, 7.01 K/9, 4.43 BB/9, 1.13 HR/9, 3.35 ERA, 4.93 FIP, 1.0 WAR
2020 Depth Chart Projections: 169 IP, 6.83 K/9, 4.18 BB/9, 0.95 HR/9, 4.41 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 1.6 WAR
For the season as a whole, Hudson maintained a 2.75 ERA in 17 starts at Busch Stadium. In fact, Hudson posted an ERA in the 2.00’s for each month of the season except April and July. In the final two months of the regular season, Hudson whiffed 50 batters and turned in a 2.36 ERA in 11 starts across August and September. It was not a surprise to see Baseball America name Hudson to its 2019 Major League All-Rookie Team.