ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 04: Outfielder Kyle Hudson #51 of the Baltimore Orioles fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on September 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Philly, Tampa Swap Outfielders With Little Experience
Sources: Phillies have dealt AAA OF Rich Thompson to TB for OF Kyle Hudson#PhilliesTalk— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) May 16, 2012
Thompson, 33, is hitting .307/.390/.398 for AAA Lehigh Valley this season, with 27 hits, 8 walks, and 18 strikeouts in 101 plate appearances. Hudson has exactly one plate appearance in the majors, taken with the Kansas City Royals back in 2004.
Hudson, 25, is hitting .291/.378/.318 in AAA Durham, with seven stolen bases versus four caught. He was in the Baltimore system since 2008, and has since shuffled between several clubs, including the Texas Rangers. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that the Phillies will be his 4th organization in the past six months.
Hudson has just a few more plate appearances than Thompson, seeing 29 last season. He only had four hits, though, going .143/.143/.143. The Phillies will likely use him as a pinch runner, if anything.