Hudson Potts Portland Sea Dogs Third Base - Second Base

       
 
Age: 23
Born: October 28, 1998
Birthplace: Southlake, TX
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 1st round, 2016 by SD
How Acquired: Acquired from San Diego with Jeisson Rosario for Mitch Moreland (Aug. 2020)
College: (Texas A&M commit)
High School: Carroll (TX)
   

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: June 26, 2016 (SD)
Signing Scout: Matt Schaffner
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
   
Pro Debut: June 20, 2016 (AZL Padres)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2021)
Contract (2022): DFA
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @huddypotts

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Large, sturdy frame. Looks the part, well proportioned. Minimal remaining projection. Below-average athlete, on the stiff side.

Hit: Starts slightly open with his hands by his shoulders. Utilizes a leg lift timing device. Swing is on the stiff side. Below-average bat speed and length in swing cause him to have a lot of trouble catching up with high fastballs. Pitch recognition is below-average. Struggles especially with quality breaking balls. Will take a walk on occasion, but approach needs refinement. Lot of swing-and-miss in his game, especially on pitches within the zone. Will be tested by more advanced pitching and has to show he can hit velocity. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Power is primarily to the pull side, but will flash all-fields power on occasion. Hits the ball hard, but could stand to add more loft to his swing. Has the potential for solid-average in-game power, capable of hitting 25 home runs a year in his peak. How his power actualizes will depend on how his hit tool develops.

Run: Well below-average runner. Not a part of his game.

Field: Soft hands, but lacks fluidity in the field. Can make the routine plays at third base, but struggles to move laterally. Does not seem to read the ball off the bat well and has slow reactions. Below-average range. Looks better suited for first base or left field. Potential below-average defensive profile at third base.
  Arm: Above-average arm, plenty for third base.

Career
Notes: Went by Hudson Sanchez until 2016, when he took his stepfather's last name. Signed for more than $1 million under slot with San Diego in 2016. Was advanced aggressively through the minors by the Padres, reaching Double-A at age 19 in his second full season. Acquired in Mitch Moreland deal along with Jeisson Rosario at the 2020 trade deadline and reported to the Alternate Training Site.  Was on the roster at the 2020 Fall Instructional League but did not participate in games. Was added to the 40-man roster in November 2020 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft; 40-man logjam in San Diego was part of what made him available. Missed the first month of the 2021 season with an oblique injury suffered in Major League Spring Training. Was designated for assignment during spring training in 2022 and cleared waivers.

Summation: Projects as a power-first organizational bat. Has the ceiling of a bench major leaguer, but has a ways to go to reach his potential. Biggest question mark is whether he can hit enough to tap into his power potential. Has to refine his hit tool and cut some of the swing-and-miss out of his game. Took a step back after being aggressively promoted to Double-A. Although initially extremely young for the league, has continued to struggle with high-minors pitching. Needs to show he can handle third base to reach his potential, as his bat profiles better there than first base or left field.

Links
Video from Pawtucket (9.7.2020)
Scouting Report Update (3.8.2021)
Scouting Report Update (3.13.2022)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2016 AZL Padres Ariz Rk SD 17 43 183 35 54 12 2 1 21 73 9 34 8 4 0.295 0.333 0.399 0.732
  2016 Tri-City Dust Devils Nwst A- SD 17 16 60 7 14 0 1 0 6 16 9 13 2 1 0.233 0.352 0.267 0.619
  2017 Fort Wayne TinCaps Midw A SD 18 125 491 67 124 23 4 20 69 215 23 140 0 1 0.253 0.293 0.438 0.731
  2018 Lake Elsinore Storm Calif A+ SD 19 106 406 66 114 35 1 17 58 202 37 112 3 1 0.281 0.350 0.498 0.848
  2018 San Antonio Missions Tex AA SD 19 22 78 5 12 0 0 2 5 18 10 33 1 0 0.154 0.258 0.231 0.489
  2019 AZL Padres Ariz Rk SD 20 4 12 3 8 1 0 1 6 12 0 3 0 0 0.667 0.692 1.000 1.692
  2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles Tex AA SD 20 107 409 56 93 23 1 16 59 166 32 128 3 1 0.227 0.290 0.406 0.696
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 22 78 281 33 61 18 0 11 47 112 16 100 0 0 0.217 0.264 0.399 0.662
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 23     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Midwest League All-Star (2017)
Midwest League Player of the Week (August 14-20, 2017)
California League Seaon-End All-Star (2018)
  2021 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star  
   

   
     
     
     
 
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