Pirates sign catcher Joe Hudson to minor league contract

Pirates sign catcher Joe Hudson to minor league contract
Joe Hudson in action with the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren/AP)

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Joe Hudson to a minor league contract on Monday.

Hudson, 29, went 3-for-17 in nine games during three separate stints with Seattle in 2020. He 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, according to a release from the team.

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, the release states.

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