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Fantasy Player of the Day: Braves Starter Tim Hudson

Tim Hudson missed most of the 2009 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he came back last year and had a huge bounce back season going 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and gave up just 189 hits in 228+ innings pitched.

Last night, he threw a complete game one hitter, walking one and striking out 6. It was a completely dominating performance by Hudson, as he threw first pitch strikes to 26 of the 29 batters he faced, induced 16 swinging strikes an 15 ground ball outs.

For the season, Hudson is 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and a solid 26-8 K/BB rate in 50+ innings. He is averaging 7 innings pitched per start, and inducing a ridiculous 61% ground ball rate (from Fangraphs and does not include Wednesday's start), after a 64% ground ball rate last year.

For fantasy owners, he is not considering an ace, but he gives you excellent stats across the board, with the exception of strikeouts. But, he more than makes up for the low K rate with a very high ground ball rate.

I just traded for Hudson in an NL-only keeper league, trading closer Craig Kimbrel to an owner he is using the all closer/middle reliever strategy. By dealing Kimbrel, I am left with Vicente Padilla as my lone closer, but I don't know how long he will keep the job.