Hudson was originally a sixth round pick out of Notre Dame by the Reds in 2012. After struggling with average in the beginning, Hudson repeated Low-A for two seasons before earning a late-season promotion to High-A in 2014. In his first 14 games at the level, Hudson hit .289 with three doubles and five home runs. Just when it looked like he was primed to take the level by storm in 2015, he hit .214 in 266 at bats. Hudson moved to Double-A in 2016, but saw more of the same struggles at the plate.