Tigers Prospect Profile #35: Hudson Randall

Randall pitched his college ball for Florida

Much like Jordan John, Hudson Randall was a top ten round selection in the 2012 Draft, and briefly appeared in the Gulf Coast League toward the end of last season. They have similar rankings and and a similar story, but have starkly different profiles. What does Randall bring to the table?

Hudson Randall
Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185
Born: 9/22/1990
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Acquired: 2012 MLB Draft, 7th Round
Ranking History: N/A

Background
The Tigers popped the Florida senior in the seventh round in 2012, signing at the conclusion of an extremely successful collegiate career. His debut, Randall made seven appearances spanning 12 innings in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He allowed eleven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts en route to a 3.00 ERA.

Scouting Report
Randall doesn't fit the typical profile of a Tigers pitching prospect. He has a long, lanky frame that looks more slight than physical. He makes up for his lack of physicality with exceptional baseball intelligence and pitchability.

Randall showed 86-88 mph velocity during his professional debut and has shown the ability to reach back for 90-91 when he really needs it. His velocity doesn't overpower hitters but he has the ability to impact a variety of movement, making his heater difficult to hit. His natural fastball movement is a pronounced sinking action but he also shows an ability to cut it to the glove side and bore it in on the arm side.

Randall also throws a change-up in the upper-70s, a curveball in the mid-70s and a slider in the low-80s. His change-up is his best secondary pitch, featuring good arm-speed/slot deception and natural sink. The pitch earns above-average grades from scouts.

His curveball is a solid pitch with tight spin and quality overhand break. It's not a hammer but the pitch adds to the vertical profile of his arsenal. He added a slider late in his college career and while he doesn't throw it often, the pitch has some horizontal break.

Randall is an intelligent pitcher that mixes his arsenal well. While no single pitch grades out beyond above-average, his ability to set them up and execute them as he wants, allows the pitches to maintain effectiveness. He commands all four pitches to all parts of the zone and some scouts believe he shows plus present command.

Overall, he isn't a sexy prospect but he does have a polished profile that should allow him to move quickly through the system and gives him a chance at a big league career. His ceiling tops out at the back of a rotation but his floor isn't far behind.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

BAA

R

GCL Tigers

0-1

3.00

7

1

1

8

3

12.0

.239


Health Record
Randall had a "dead arm" during his senior year in college but outside of that he showed promising durability despite his thin frame.

Projection
Randall profiles as a polished, pitchability right-hander with a broad arsenal and very strong command profile. His polish will allow the Tigers to assign him aggressively, possibly starting him out with High-A Lakeland in 2013. With a well-developed array of pitches and the intelligence to work through lineups multiple times, it won't take much development for Randall to reach his ceiling as a number five starter.

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