Hudson selected for Futures Game
Triple-A right-hander to pitch for U.S. team
CHICAGO -- The White Sox won't have to search very far for pitching help if it's needed during the 2010 campaign. Not according to White Sox general manager Ken Williams, who quickly broke down the talent his Minor League system had to offer.
"There are a number of guys down there," Williams said. "[Daniel] Hudson's pitching well, Carlos Torres, Erick Threets, the left-hander, is doing some things. He has been derailed with injuries but he's really doing some good things from the left side.
"On the pitching front, we're covered in the event something happens here at the Major League level. Knock on wood, it doesn't happen."
While a call up to the Majors is not yet in the offing for Hudson, one of the talents mentioned by Williams, the right-hander has been honored in another way. Hudson was selected to take part in the XM All-Star Futures Game, as part of the U.S. Team roster, featuring many of the top Minor League prospects in baseball.
Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Alex Rios are just some of the players on the current White Sox roster who have previously played in this game. Hudson posted a 14-5 record with a 2.32 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 26 starts over four Minor League stops for the White Sox last season and has followed up that stellar effort with a 9-3 record and 3.89 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Charlotte this season.
Hudson was one of the last players cut during 2010 Spring Training, with the White Sox choosing to have Hudson stay as a starter on a regular five-day turn, instead of pitching sparingly in long relief.
"My goal is to go to Charlotte, work hard and be ready whenever they need me," said Hudson, during an interview taking place at the end of March.
A 9.37 ERA in April briefly slowed down Hudson, but he has since bounced back with a 2.43 ERA in May and a 2.35 ERA in June, not to mention seven wins in his last eight decisions.
The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Angel Stadium, culminating with the 81st All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13. Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club, the U.S. Team and the World Team. Each Major League organization is represented and the World Team features players from 10 different countries and territories.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.