Jul 21, 2015

1969 Amazing Mets Pitcher That Made Just One Appearance: Jesse Hudson (1969)

Jesse James Hudson was born July 22, 1948 in Mansfield Louisiana. The tall left hander was drafted by the New York Mets in the 11th round of the 1967 draft.

In the Rookie league in 1967 he was an impressive 7-1 with a 2.07 ERA, moving up to AA in 1968. He went 11-13 between Mankato & the Visalia Mets that season.

In 1969 he was 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA at A ball Pompano Beach, moving up to AA Memphis where he was 3-2 with a 1.38 ERA. It was tough to crack the 1969 staff the tall lefty managed to get into one game, the only MLB appearance of his career.

Hudson with Pitching Coach Rube Walker
He faced ten batters in the last two innings, on September 19th 1969 in an 8-0 loss to Pittsburgh. He gave up two hits, two walks, two runs and struck out three Pirates, getting no decision. At least He can say he struck out Hall of Famer Willie Stargell at Shea Stadium in 1969.

Jesse was pitching at AAA Tidewater in 1970 putting up a 2.86 ERA going 6-7 with the Tides, on a staff led by Jon Matlack (12-11). He finished his career after the season at age 22.

1 comment:

Searching for Hudson said...

Well,what happened? Nothing but success in the minors,at 22 he was certain to get another shot in the majors.Especially as a lefty,its hard to believe he would've had nothing but endless opportunities,and more likely the opposite of one of shortest careers ever : pitching into 1990,before Orosco,this lefty Jesse could've been a four decade player.