Graduated from Sequatchie County High School in Dunlap, Tenn. in 2013... Named First Team All-State by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association after striking out 124 batters and posting a 1.09 ERA his senior year... Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round of the June, 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign to play college baseball at Mississippi State University... Is the first student-athlete from his local area to play SEC baseball... Finished his career 11-8 with a 3.00 ERA and 151 strikeouts over 147.0 innings pitched... Named Team Captain and a semi-finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy in 2016. He was the first Bulldog to be a Golden Spikes semifinalist since Will Clark won the award in 1985... Led the Bulldogs in wins (9), innings pitched (113.0) and strikeouts (115) during his junior year and also led the SEC in innings... Named SEC Pitcher of the Week three times in 2016... Was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts his junior year as the Friday Night starter in the rotation... Posted school-record streaks of 34.2 innings and 27.0 innings without an earned run during his junior (2016) season with the Bulldogs... Played summer ball for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League in 2014... He and his wife, Ashlen, reside in Leawood, Kansas, with their sons, Nolan (5/7/2018) and Cooper (1/5/2020).
Following a win in three straight starts (8/31-9/12), exited after 2.0 scoreless innings in a start at PIT (9/17). Was placed on the 10-day injured list (9/18) with a right elbow strain and eventually the 45-day on 9/22, which resulted in season-ending Tommy John surgery... Among pitchers with 35.0 innings or more, ranked 4th in MLB with 5.54 hits/9 IP, permitting just 24 hits over 39.0 innings... Ranked 8th in ground ball percentage (57.7%) among Major League pitchers with at least 35 innings pitched... Did not allow more than three runs or five hits in any of his last seven starts... Pitched a season-high 7.0 innings and struck out a season high 7 batters in a 7-5 Cardinals win at CIN on 8/31... Allowed 10 hits in the month of August in 21.2 innings pitched, fewest in the Major Leagues among pitchers with 20 or more innings... Would have ranked 3rd in the National League in ERA (1.66) and 2nd in opponent BA (.137), in the month of August, but missed qualifying by 3.1 innings... Earned his first career win against the Cubs on 9/6 at Wrigley Field... Carried a no-hitter two outs into the 6th inning vs. CIN (9/12), the second-longest no-hit bid of his career (8/19/19 at MIL, 6.2 IP).
Finished 5th in the National League Rookie of the Year award voting, and was recognized as one of five starting pitchers on Baseball America's All-Rookie Team...Entered the season rated as the No. 3 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America (No. 74 overall in MLB)...Led all Major League rookies with 16 wins & finished T3rd overall among National League wins leaders with Dodgers Clayton Kershaw...His team-leading 16 victories makes him the first Cardinals rookie to lead the team in that category since Matt Morris (12, 1997). His 16 wins are also the most by a rookie since Justin Verlander won 17 for Detroit in 2006 and the most by a Cardinals rookie since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1964...His .696 win pct. (16-7) was the best by Cardinals rookie since Dick Hughes (.727, 16-6) in 1964, while his 3.35 ERA was best by Cardinals rookie since Shelby Miller (3.06) in 2013. Both marks trailed Atlanta's Mike Soroka (.765, 2.68) among NL rookies...Was 9-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 17 starts at Busch Stadium with the Cardinals going 13-4 (.765) in his home starts...His nine home wins were the most by a St. Louis rookie since Shelby Miller had 10 in 2013, while his .818 winning pct. ranked 5th among all Cardinals rookie starters and highest since Harvey Haddix (.867, 13-2) in 1953...Hurled 174.2 innings, most pitched by a St. Louis rookie in the regular season since Rick Ankiel had 175.0 IP in 2000...Crossed the 200.0 IP threshold (202.0 total IP) for his career in 9/27 start vs. the Cubs with 5.0 scoreless frames at Busch Stadium, which also marked his 5th start of at least 5.0+ innings without a run allowed after 8/14. Teammate Jack Flaherty (8) was the only other MLB pitcher with at least five such starts after 8/1...Became the majors first rookie pitcher with 15+ wins & 1+ save in a season (min. 25 GS) since Yankees' Ron Guidry (16-7, 1 save in 31 games/25 starts) in 1977...Joined teammate John Gant (11-1, 3 Saves) and Andrew Cashner (11-8, 1 save) as one of three Major League pitchers with at least 11 wins and one save in 2019...Earned his first Major League save in his only relief appearance of the season at Pittsburgh (April 3). Joined John Gant as Cardinals to record their first career MLB save in consecutive games, the second time the Cardinals pulled off the feat since the save stat was incorporated into MLB (Eduardo Sánchez & Fernando Salas in 2011)...Led all of Major League Baseball in ground ball-fly ball ratio (3.09) and Ground Ball percentage (57.1)...Led all of Major League Baseball in ground ball-fly ball ratio (3.09) and Ground Ball percentage (57.1)...Led all of Major League Baseball in ground ball-fly ball ratio (3.09) and Ground Ball percentage (57.1)...Since ground ball-fly ball ratio became a recorded stat in 1987, his 3.09 was 3rd-best single-season mark in by a rookie in MLB history, behind Arizona's Brandon Webb (3.44 in 2003) and Texas' Kevin Brown (3.31 in 1989)...Since Ground Ball percentage became a recorded stat in 1987, his 57.1% was T7th-highest by a rookie in MLB history and 10th-best single-season mark by any Cardinal...Went 7-2 with a 3.62 ERA in 13 day game starts (74.2 IP); his seven matinée wins co-led the NL (Cubs Jose Quintana), and were most by a Cardinals rookie since Dick Hughes went 8-0 in 1967...Received team-leading 6.08 runs of support, 8th-highest among National League pitchers. Was 16-0 (STL 19-2) when receiving three runs of support or more this season...His 15 unearned runs are most by a Cardinals pitcher since Jaime García (23) in 2011...Became the first Cardinals rookie to notch 10 wins by game No. 100 of season since Shelby Miller (also 10) in 2013...Went 14-4 over final 24 starts after 5/18, 2nd behind Stephen Strasburg (15-3) for most wins in the NL in that span...Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw, most Cardinals wins post ASB since Chris Carpenter (10-1 in 2009) and most by a Cardinals rookie since Omar Olivares (9-6 in 1991)...Compiled a string of eight straight quality starts from May 12-June 22...Won a career-best five straight games from Aug. 14-Sept. 5...Led all rookie starters with a .163 September opponent BA and ranked 3rd in the NL (5th in MLB) behind teammate Jack Flaherty (.118) and Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (.149). Hudson's 15 hits allowed in the month were T2nd-fewest in the NL (min. 5 GS)...Was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (5.0 IP) and two strikeouts in two starts against Atlanta (DS) and Washington (LCS)...joined Michael Wacha (1-1 in 2013), Kyle Lohse (1-1 in 2012) and Chris Carpenter (2-0 in 2011) as one of four Cardinals to start two elimination games in the same postseason...made his postseason debut in NLDS Game 4, becoming the fourth Cardinals rookie to start an NLDS game (first since Wacha in 2013 NLDS Game 4 at PIT) and the 15th Cardinals rookie to start any postseason game...joined teammate Jack Flaherty (age 23) as the 2nd Cardinal age 25 or younger to make a start in the postseason, marking the the 6th time St. Louis featured two starting pitchers age 25 or younger in the same postseason, joining Paul Dean & Dizzy Dean (1934); Nelson Briles & Steve Carlton (1967); John Stuper & Dave LaPoint (1982), Greg Mathews & Joe Magrane (1987); Joe Kelly & Michael Wacha (2013).
Cardinals 2018 Minor League Pitcher of the Year...Named the 2018 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year and a PCL Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star...Pitched in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Futures Game for the USA Team and was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game...Combined to post 17-4 mark with a 2.53 ERA over 139.0 innings with 106 strikeouts between Memphis (AAA) and St. Louis...Was purchased from Memphis on 7/27 & made his ML debut vs. CHI (7/28) with a scoreless 7th, striking out his first two career batters faced (Kyle Schwarber & Ian Happ, swinging)...Earned four wins in his first 12 MLB games, matching Seth Maness (2013) and trailing only Ken Burkhart (5 in 1945) for the club record...The Cardinals won the first 12 games he appeared in from his MLB debut (7/28 vs. CHI) through 8/22 at LAD...Did not surrender a home run to 118 total batters faced while in the Major Leagues, joining Richard Bleier (BAL), Santiago Casilla (OAK), Andrew Chafin (ARI) and Adam Kolarek (TB) as pitchers who faced 110+ batters without allowing a home run...Tied for the Major League lead with seven Holds in the month of August (Jordan Hicks, Steve Cishek, Taylor Rogers)...Ranked T-5th among National League rookie pitchers with four wins despite beginning his season on July 28...Posted the 5th-best ground ball percentage (63.3%) among Major League relief pitchers (2nd N.L.) Post All-Star Break...Pitched on consecutive days four times. He recorded five or more outs in seven appearances...Gained his 11th Hold vs. SF (9/21) and struck out the side...Joined Jordan Hicks and John Brebbia (twice) as the only Cardinals to strike out all three batters in a 1.0 inning appearance in 2018...Became the first Cardinals rookie to record three relief wins in the month of August since Joe Kelly in 2012...Suffered first loss in relief at COL (8/25), allowing a seasonhigh 3 runs. He'd allowed 2 runs in his first 12 appearances...In the Cardinals' extra-inning win vs. COL (7/30), he became the 29th Cardinals pitcher in franchise history and first since Mike Mayers (9/6/16 at PIT) to earn his first MLB win within his first two career MLB outings (since 1908)...Went 13-3 with a 2.50 ERA (111.2 IP) and 87 strikeouts in team-leading 19 starts for Memphis...Tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 13 wins...At time of his promotion, his 13 wins led all of Minor League Baseball and were T2nd in Memphis Redbirds history (Larry Luebbers-1999, Lance Lynn-2010, and Nick Greenwood -2015), trailing Tim Cooney's 14 from 2014...At the time of his purchase also ranked 3rd in PCL in ERA (2.50) and innings pitched (111.2) , 7th in opponent BA (.254), and T7th in WHIP (1.30)...Pitched 139.0 innings between Memphis-AAA (111.2 IP) and St. Louis (27.1) with 45 overall appearances...Totaled 17 wins (Memphis - 13, St. Louis - 4)...Allowed just one home run in 111.2 minor league innings pitched in 2018. His 1.88 ground out/fly out ratio was the 2nd-highest in Triple-A, trailing only Charlotte's Donn Roach (2.12) of the International League (AAA-White Sox)...Rated as the No. 3 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America and as having the "Best Slider" in their "Best Tools" survey.
Was 10-5 with a 3.01 ERA over 25 starts between Springfield (AA) and Memphis (AAA)... Led the Texas League in ERA (2.53) and winning percentage (.692, 9-4)... Named 2017 Texas League Pitcher of the Year... Selected to the Texas League All-Star Game and started for the North Squad throwing a scoreless 1st inning... Named a Texas League Post-Season All-Star... Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in wins (10, T5th), innings pitched (152.2, 2nd) and games started (25, T4th)... Made two starts in the Pacific Coast League playoffs and was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA over 12.0 innings with 10 strikeouts. Led all Triple-A postseason pitchers in wins.