Joseph Thaddeus Hudson...Wife’s name is Nichole...Is a 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL...Played collegiate baseball at the University of Notre Dame and was a Johnny Bench Award finalist in 2012...Hit .332 (67-for-202) with six homers and 39 RBI in 57 games as a junior in 2012.
Began abbreviated season with Seattle and made debut as the starting catcher on 7/26 at Houston... Went 2-for-16 in eight games before being sent to alternate training site on 8/14...Was recalled on 8/30 and singled in his only at bat that night at Los Angeles (AL)…Returned to alternate site on 9/1...Was recalled again on 9/27, but did not appear in game...Posted a perfect fielding percentage (60 chances) in his eight nine games (six starts).
Played in 60 games with Triple-A Memphis in St. Louis' organization, slashing .223/.293/.411 with 10 home runs, 24 runs scored and 30 RBI.
Made his Major League debut at CWS (9/8) as a pinchhitter, recording an RBI ground out for the Angels, and remained in the game as the catcher...Recorded his first Major League hit at OAK (9/19), a single off Brett Anderson in the 3rd inning...Was traded to the Angels from the Reds on June 30 for cash considerations...Played in 49 minor league games between Louisville (AAA), Mobile (AA) and Salt Lake (AAA) batting a combined .293 with 4 HR and 22 RBI over 167 at-bats...Contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Angels on September 4 and played in eight Major League games to finish out the season...Threw out 38.7% (12 CS/31 SB ATT) as a member of Salt Lake, 25.0% (4 CS/16 SB ATT) with Louisville and only had one SB ATT while catching in Mobile...Hit safely in his final eight games with Louisville, hit safely in 6-of-7 games with Mobile and 19-of-26 with Salt Lake...Posted three four-hit games during the minor league season and had a season-high 4 RBI, going 4-for-5 with a double and a home run at Pensacola (8/24)...Batted .322 (28-87) with runners on base.
Spent his second straight season at Class AA Pensacola, where he was a mid-season Southern League All-Star...for the second straight season led Blue Wahoos catchers in starts (63)...led Southern League catchers in fielding percentage (.997) and caught stealing percentage (46%)...attended his second straight Major League spring training camp...in 10 exhibition apps hit .286 (1hr, 2rbi)...on 12/4 was invited to 2018 Major League spring training camp.
In his first season above Class A made 67 apps for Class AA Pensacola...led the Blue Wahoos with 64 starts behind the plate...entered the season rated by Baseball America the best defensive catcher in the organization...won Baseball America's Captain's Catcher's Award for his leadership, dedication, overall defensive skills and attention to detail...on 2/3/17 was invited to 2017 Major League spring training camp.
Spent the season at high Class A Daytona, where he was a mid-season Florida State League All-Star...following the season was rated the best defensive catcher in the organization...in March made 1 exhibition appearance for the Reds...on 12/18 was invited to 2016 Major League spring training camp, his first.