Hudson Drafted by Baltimore in Fourth Round
June 5, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Junior center fielder Kyle Hudson (Mattoon, Ill.) was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 116th overall pick on Thursday. That makes him the fourth-highest position player drafted in Illinois history, behind Chris Robinson (90th overall, third round, 2005), Lars Davis (102nd overall, third round, 2007) and Sean Mulligan (107th overall, fourth round, 1991).
"This is a great honor and opportunity for me and I'm very excited," Hudson said. "Baltimore is a great organization. I have enjoyed my time at the University of Illinois a great deal and am looking forward to starting another chapter in my baseball career."
Hudson was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection after wrapping up an incredible junior season in which he hit a team-high .398 and reached base at a team-best .498 clip. He tied the school stolen base record by stealing 40-of-49 bases and broke the Big Ten record for stolen bases in conference games during the season. Hudson also broke the conference record for runs scored in Big Ten play with 40. He played an error-free center field in 2008 with five outfield assists, and drew a Big Ten-best 39 walks. Hudson ranks second on Illinois' career batting average list with a .376 mark, behind only Darrin Fletcher's .392 average.
The 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft will continue Friday at 10:30 a.m. (CT) with the beginning of the seventh round.