PhilliesNation Interview: OF Prospect Kyrell Hudson

Class A Lakewood outfielder Kyrell Hudson hasn’t had the type of season that many had expected after he became an All-Star last season with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. Thus far in 2012, the 21-year-old has posted a .202/.262/.271 line over 56 games.

It’s not unusual for Hudson to have a rough time at the plate. The Phillies’ 2009 third round draft pick posted a .171 batting average in his first two pro seasons, combined with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and with Williamsport in 2009 and 2010. Hudson appeared to come on strong last season, when he sported a .275 batting average 1 HR, 18 RBI and 28 steals in his second campaign with the ‘Cutters. Unfortunately for the Oregon native, that strong output hasn’t continued.

Recently, I spoke with Kyrell about how he copes with offensive struggles, his manager Mickey Morandini, the pressures of being a high draft pick and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear the full interview.


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    June 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Question: Why should we care about a prospect who hits below the Mendoza line? Or, is this a cloaked editorial statement about the Phillies Farm System?

    • schmenkman

      June 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I don’t know that anyone is saying you should care, but he was the Phillies’ second pick (3rd round) in the 2009 draft, so I think it’s of some interest to know that he’s not progressing as we would like. At only 21, he could still put it together, but as time goes on the chances are getting slimmer…


    June 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    He should enroll in community college and learn a trade, because it is obvious that the Phils wasted a high draft pick and this kid is just taking up space. I appreciate the editorial statement from Mr. Floyd.

  3. Jay Floyd

    June 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    He’ll get another year at least. Anthony Hewitt performed poorly at Low-A as well, but the Phils let him keep striving because of the investment in him.

    Mark Parent told me once in 2010 that Hewitt, who was struggling to stay above a .200 avg., was still in the lineup because he had to be. Meaning directives from above said to play him no matter what. That’s common for high round guys that the Phils would wish to give every opportunity to.

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