Pirates Prospects Daily: Hudson Head Flashes Upside In Big Game

The talent has always been there for outfielder Hudson Head, it’s just been a matter of putting it all together.

Drafted in the the third round back in 2019 by the San Diego Padres, Head was acquired in the Joe Musgrove trade before he even played a full season of minor league baseball.

He’s shown a strong approach at the plate (career 12.8 BB%), but has also struggled with strikeouts throughout his career. At some point there was hope that all of the tools would combine, and his patience at the plate would help cut down on the strikeouts.

Every now and again we get to see flashes of what Head is capable of, and Tuesday night was one of those times.

He started off in the field, making this amazing diving catch in center to get the out.

He wrapped things up on the offensive side of things, going 3-for-4, with two triples and a double. 

After striking out in his first at-bat of the night, Head takes a fastball from another lefty the other way straight into the left-center gap for a triple.

Overall, among the three hits, he goes to dead center once and then the other way the other times.

Head has a sweet swing from the left side that was really put on display Tuesday. He’s a reminder that not all develop is linear, and sometimes prospects need to simmer a little longer than others — with the payout potentially being great.

The strikeouts are still a concern, but he’s also still just 22-years-old, and there’s still plenty of time to work on that.

Prospect Notes

Jared Triolo made his season debut on Tuesday in the form of a rehab appearance in Bradenton. He’s fantastic defensively at third base and has slowly added to his repertoire the last few seasons, even getting some time at first during spring.

With the team’s current success, there’s no rush for him to make any type of impact at the major league level. He does provide another right-handed option that can play in the infield, and despite not hitting for much power, has been a hit machine the previous two seasons.

— In his 13th game for Bradenton this year, Shalin Polanco picked up his first home run of the season on Tuesday. One of their big international signings, Polanco hasn’t been off to the best of starts (.196 AVG, 35 K%) but has put up a strong walk rate (16.9%) and has hit the ball hard when he’s made contact.

His average exit velocity is slightly below average at the major league level (87.5), which is a great starting point for a 19-year-old in Single-A, and is squaring up the ball at an elite rate – owning a 12% barrel rate. That mark would be a Top-50 number in Major League Baseball among qualified hitters.

Daily Video Rundown

Tres Gonzalez got off to an amazing start in Bradenton that earned him a promotion to High-A, and in his first game there hit a home run.

Lolo Sanchez drives in the first run of the game for Altoona, although they eventually lost that game.

In his sixth appearance of the season, Ryan Harbin surrendered his first run. Here’s a look at a previous outing in April. 


By Tim Williams


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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

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Heads Up!


Watching the “stack” Indy line up this morning….how quickly things could change.


Great article Anthony!

It’s like a Peter Gammons article plus cool videos!

Btw Clay Davenport’s models really like the D from Hudson Head in CF


Pretty detailed draft rankings along with a “mini-mock” draft. Kiley has Crews as the only 60 FV player with Skenes (best pitching prospect since Coles), Langford, and Jenkins as 55s, and has us going with Crews while noting that is based on logic and not intel:



Oops–of course Cole. Maybe I was thinking Cole’s year.




Nope, Bimbo 🙂


Old Heat guard?


I wonder if Head would be better served with a more aggressive approach at the plate? That first AB he didn’t take the bat off of his shoulders. Max Moroff had a similar issue. Almost TOO patient.


Just wanted to add that I love the new format this year. Much more organizaed and easy to follow.


Dang you Head.


Something to make us all feel old….well, some of us for sure….

Tim Benz has an item in his “First Call” column on the Trib site about Elias Diaz hitting a HR to help beat the Brewers last night.

He mentions that Diaz is 32 years old….



I feel old that I can rip off the #95 on a Steelers jersey I had in college and tape on a #24 . Wouldn’t even have to change the last name. Maybe add a Jr if I want to make it look more official.


Last jersey I had was Randy Grossman. I liked that the # 1 pick wore 59 in college, was told it wasn’t available with Steelers.


I stopped getting them once I got a Jordan Staal jersey for being a groomsman and he got traded that offseason. But at one point I had a Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns jersey. Couldn’t jump any higher but I could drain some threes when I had it on.


Some stuff just has that mojo!

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