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Hudson Potts
Trending: ↑ 27%
3B | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 218LBS | Age: 21

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 1, #24, San Diego Padres | Carroll (TX) HS
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 448 409 56 93 16 59 3 .227 .290 .406 .696
Career Minors 1792 1639 239 419 57 224 17 .256 .315 .428 .743
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .227 16 59 3 .696
Career Minors .256 57 224 17 .743

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 2 Teams Minors 59 267 243 42 68 12 3 1 27 18 47 10 5 4 .280 .338 .366 .705
2016 AZL Padres AZL ROK 43 195 183 35 54 12 2 1 21 9 34 8 4 2 .295 .333 .399 .732
2016 Tri-City Dust Devils NWL A(Short) 16 72 60 7 14 0 1 0 6 9 13 2 1 2 .233 .352 .267 .619
2017 Fort Wayne TinCaps MID A(Full) 125 522 491 67 124 23 4 20 69 23 140 0 1 6 .253 .293 .438 .731
2018 2 Teams Minors 128 542 484 71 126 35 1 19 63 47 145 4 1 8 .260 .335 .455 .789
2018 Lake Elsinore Storm CAL A(Adv) 106 453 406 66 114 35 1 17 58 37 112 3 1 7 .281 .350 .498 .847
2018 San Antonio Missions TEX AA 22 89 78 5 12 0 0 2 5 10 33 1 0 1 .154 .258 .231 .489
2019 2 Teams Minors 111 461 421 59 101 24 1 17 65 32 131 3 1 6 .240 .302 .423 .724
2019 AZL Padres 1 AZL ROK 4 13 12 3 8 1 0 1 6 0 3 0 0 1 .667 .692 1.000 1.692
2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles TEX AA 107 448 409 56 93 23 1 16 59 32 128 3 1 5 .227 .290 .406 .696

Scouting Report

2020

Potts signed with the Padres for $1 million in 2016 as the No. 24 overall selection -- the pick the Padres received as compensation when Ian Kennedy left in free agency. He spent his first full season with Class A Fort Wayne, where he and Fernando Tatis Jr. became the first 18-year-olds to hit at least 20 home runs in the Midwest League since 1987. Potts’ power surge continued in 2018 and ’19, when he hit 21 and 17 home runs, respectively. But he struggled to reach base against Double-A pitching in 2019, posting a .290 OBP.

Potts makes hard contact at the plate, with a quick right-handed bat and plenty of strength to his frame. There is some swing-and-miss to his game. But it will be worth it if he can draw a few more walks and tap further into his power. Potts projects as a fringe-average hitter. But the power is undeniable.

San Diego drafted Potts as a shortstop but has since shifted him to third base, where he shows the necessary hands, footwork and arm strength to be an adequate defender. He moved quickly through the Minors to Double-A, and his early struggles there can be easily attributed to his youth and inexperience. Potts has plenty of time to figure things out at the upper levels. If he can make a bit more contact and work a few more walks, Potts has the upside of a big league power threat.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Potts bypassed his Texas A&M commitment and signed with the Padres for $1 million in 2016 as the No. 24 overall pick, making him Southlake Carroll (Texas) High's highest-drafted player ever. After finishing his professional debut in the Class A Short Season Northwest League, Potts spent his first full season with Class A Forty Wayne, where he and Fernando Tatis Jr. became the first 18-year-olds to hit at least 20 home runs in the Midwest League since 1987. Potts finished with an even 20 homers, 14 of which he hit during a torrid second-half stretch that also saw him slash .278/.325/.512 over 65 games. 

Potts has a knack for making hard contact at the plate, with a quick right-handed bat and plenty of strength to his frame, though there is some swing-and-miss to his game. He projects as fringe-average hitter, but scouts expect him to develop at least average power as he continues to add strength. San Diego drafted Potts as a shortstop but has since shifted him to third base, where he shows the necessary hands, footwork and arm strength for the position.

Potts has proved to be more advanced than expected early in his career, most notably in his capacity to make adjustments and get to his power during games. Though he'll need to tighten his approach and clean up his defensive some, Potts appears on the right path towards becoming a future middle-of-the-order third baseman at the highest level.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Potts impressed evaluators with his hitting ability against high-level competition on the summer showcase circuit, though some teams worried that he couldn't be signed away from his Texas A&M commitment. The Padres ended up giving Potts $1 million as the No. 24 overall pick, making him Southlake Carroll (Texas) High's highest-drafted player ever, and he rewarded them with a strong pro debut in which he reached the Class A Short Season Northwest League at age 17.

Potts has a knack for making hard contact at the plate, with a quick right-handed bat and plenty of strength to his frame, though there is some swing-and-miss to his game. He projects as an above-average hitter, and scouts expect him to develop at least average power as he continues to add strength. San Diego drafted Potts as a shortstop, where he has the necessary hands, range and arm strength, but he's since shifted over to third base, where his size and tools are a better fit.

Potts proved to be more advanced than expected to begin his career, and though he didn't light the Midwest League on fire in 2017 like some of his Fort Wayne peers, the Padres believe he has a chance to be a future middle-of-the-order hitter.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/30/2020 Boston Red Sox traded 1B Mitch Moreland to San Diego Padres for 3B Hudson Potts and CF Jeisson Rosario.
01/16/2020 San Diego Padres invited non-roster 3B Hudson Potts to spring training.
08/28/2019 3B Hudson Potts assigned to Peoria Javelinas.
06/30/2019 Hudson Potts roster status changed by Amarillo Sod Poodles.
06/25/2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles sent 3B Hudson Potts on a rehab assignment to AZL Padres 1.
06/02/2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles placed 3B Hudson Potts on the 7-day injured list.
01/24/2019 San Diego Padres invited non-roster 3B Hudson Potts to spring training.
08/09/2018 Hudson Potts assigned to San Antonio Missions from Lake Elsinore Storm.
04/01/2018 3B Hudson Potts assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
02/23/2018 3B Hudson Potts assigned to San Diego Padres.
04/02/2017 3B Hudson Potts assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps from Tri-City Dust Devils.
03/06/2017 3B Hudson Potts assigned to San Diego Padres.
08/19/2016 3B Hudson Potts assigned to Tri-City Dust Devils from AZL Padres.
06/20/2016 San Diego Padres signed SS Hudson Sanchez.
06/20/2016 SS Hudson Potts assigned to AZL Padres.