Former Illini outfielder Kyle Hudson was called up to the Baltimore Orioles Thursday.
Sept. 1, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former University of Illinois outfielder Kyle Hudson was added to the roster of the Baltimore Orioles Thursday in the annual expansion of big-league rosters on Sept. 1. Hudson hit .296 in the minor leagues this year, including a combined .297 in two stints at triple-A Norfolk.
"All of us on the coaching staff and within the program are extremely happy for Kyle," Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb said. "He's an extremely hard worker, so it's great to see him have some success. He's made some adjustments this season and it has paid off. I'm very excited for him to get this opportunity and I hope he does well."
Hudson began the season at advanced-A Frederick, where he hit .279 and stole 8-of-14 bases in 23 games. He was promoted to double-A Bowie on May 4. Hudson earned a promotion to Norfolk on May 20, where he played until being sent back to Bowie on June 28. After 19 days with the Baysox, Hudson was sent back to Norfolk. He quickly heated up, eventually earning a promotion to the Majors. For the season, he hit .308 in Bowie with 7-of-9 steals in 28 games, and .297 with 26-of-34 steals in 68 games with Norfolk. As of Sept. 1, Hudson ranks fourth in the triple-A International League in stolen bases.
Hudson was the Orioles' fourth-round draft selection in the 2008 MLB Draft after playing baseball and football at Illinois from 2006-08. He holds the second-best career batting average in school history at .376, ranks third in career steals (66) and fourth in career Big Ten batting average (.361). He holds the UI record for career steals in Big Ten play (36), steals in a Big Ten season (25) and the second-most steals in a season (40), a total that tied the school record at the time.
Baltimore wraps up a seven-game home stand against Toronto Thursday at 11:35 a.m. before heading to Tampa Bay for a three-game series with the Rays.