Pirates sign catcher Joe Hudson to Minor League contract

January 25th, 2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with catcher Joe Hudson, which includes an invitation to big league camp.  

The 29-year-old Hudson went 3-for-17 in nine games during three separate stints with Seattle in 2020. Hudson has appeared in a total of 18 Major League games between the Angels (2018), Cardinals (2019) and Mariners (2020). He has also posted a 1.000 fielding percentage (101 total chances) in 17 games (10 starts) behind the plate in his big league career.  

Hudson was originally selected by Cincinnati in the sixth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Notre Dame. He has taken home mid-season All-Star accolades twice during his minor league career (2015 with Daytona of the Florida State League and 2017 with Pensacola of the Southern League). He has also posted a .991 fielding percentage (39 errors in 4413 total chances) in 495 appearances (482 appearances) behind the plate while throwing out 218 of the 505 (43 percent) baserunners attempting to steal against him.