Greenfield’s Garrett Hudson getting Twins prospects in shape

  • Garrett Hudson, shown here pitching for the Greenfield baseball team at Lorden Field on the campus of UMass, just got a job as a strength and conditioning coordinator for a minor league team in the Minnesota Twins organization. FILE PHOTO

  • Greenfield High School graduate Garrett Hudson pitches for Merrimack College in 2017. Hudson accepted a position as the strength and conditioning coordinator in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.  COURTESY/MERRIMACK ATHLETICS

  • Greenfield High School graduate Garrett Hudson pitches for Merrimack College in 2016. Hudson accepted a position as a strength and conditioning coordinator in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.  COURTESY/MERRIMACK ATHLETICS

  • Greenfield High School graduate Garrett Hudson pitches for Merrimack College in 2017. Hudson accepted a position as the strength and conditioning coordinator in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.  COURTESY/MERRIMACK ATHLETICS

  • Greenfield High School graduate Garrett Hudson pitches for Merrimack College in 2017. Hudson accepted a position as the strength and conditioning coordinator in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.  COURTESY/MERRIMACK ATHLETICS

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2020 8:43:08 PM

Garrett Hudson’s journey toward working on human performance for a professional baseball team began with a perfect role model. 

Hudson is a 2014 graduate of Greenfield High School who just got a job as a strength and conditioning coordinator with the Fort Myers Twins out of the Gulf Coast League.

In February, he will move down to Fort Myers to begin his new job with the Twins, which will entail honing the exercise programs for young players in the Minnesota system. 

The role model grew up in the same household.  Older brother Joe Hudson is in the same profession. Joe Hudson works for the Boston Red Sox as a strength and conditioning coach in the team’s minor league system.

“I would say a big influence on it would be my brother, Joe,” Garrett Hudson said. “Being six years older than me, a college baseball player and then entering strength and conditioning industry.”

Joe Hudson starred at Greenfield High School before playing college ball at Plymouth State University. 

Both brothers spent time at Advanced Performance Academy in Andover.  Garrett Hudson worked as an intern when Joe Hudson worked there at the same time.    

“It’s kind of scary how similar our paths have gone,” Hudson said. 

More recently, Hudson worked at Wasserman Strength in Nashua, N.H., as a performance coach.

When Garrett Hudson was playing for the Green Wave and getting ready to play collegiately at Merrimack College, he had his older brother to assist in his training.

“Having that experience to give me that methodic training that made sense for a young high school kid,” Hudson said. “To pick up my development.  That got me interested in human performance.”

Hudson graduated from Merrimack with a degree in Exercise Science.  He will work with position coaches for the ball club to help enhance the performance of the players with specialized workout plans. 

“It’s always been a dream of mine to get into professional baseball,” Hudson said. “Obviously I wanted to do it on the playing side, but I consider it a dream to be able to experience it.”

The Fort Myers Twins are the rookie minor league team in the organization. In essence, it is an extended spring training team.  Hudson will be based in Fort Myers year round. 

“I’ll work in collaboration with the skill coaches,” Hudson said. “The pitching coaches and hitting coaches and the manager to have that two-way street to decide what it most important development wise for the players. There’s going to be a lot of really young, really new prospects.”

One major challenge for Hudson working with players mostly out of high school and college is endurance. High schoolers and college athletes generally play fewer games compared to players in professional leagues.

“A lot of it is dependent on progress,” Hudson said. “My responsibility is making sure that at my level everyone can do all the basics before they can start to move up to the more difficult more progressed exercises.”

A baseball background helps with working with the young players, but it will not influence what he does with players, as mandates will come from position coaches on what a certain player needs to work on. 

“I am a baseball guy,” Hudson said. “But I am not being paid to  teach them how to swing. To teach them how to throw. I am being paid to be in collaboration with the coaches. They are the one who identify the problems. I will try to help them figure out the solution.”

If Hudson has any questions about his new job with the Twins, he will not have to go very far to get personalized advice. Hudson has plans to possibly rent a home with his brother.  The Red Sox and Twins facilities are only a few miles apart in Fort Myers. 

“That should be beneficial for both of us,” Hudson said. “It will be nice for us to be down there together. It will make the transition a lot easier for me.

During his time at Merrimack, Hudson made 37 appearances with 12 starts over his four-year career (2016-19) with an 8-4 record including three saves.

Hudson totaled 110 innings pitched with 102 strikeouts and ranked seventh in school history with 8.35 strikeouts per nine innings.


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