FSNextTV: Freshman RHP Dakota Hudson Q&A

FSNextTV: Mississippi State freshman pitcher Dakota Hudson talks one-on-one interview with Gene's Page.



You are in a unique position because you are a tall, projectable pitcher who already has really good velocity. Due to that you had a lot of pro scouts looking at you during your season. I actually heard you had something like 20 to 25 scouts looking at you during your game. Was that true?
"Yes sir, I think there were 24 at my game."

How do you pitch knowing the importance of having so many pro scouts watching you?
"During the fall I kind of got used to all of the scouts being there. My head coach was pretty calming and kept me in the right state of mind so that I was able to focus a lot better."

But that first game you had so many there, that had to not only be exciting but an anxious time as well. Then I guess it was a lot easier to handle after that first game?
"Yes sir, it was a lot easier but it's still different when you know they are coming just to see you instead of having 100 or 200 other guys who are out there playing."

I know there were 24 pro scouts early on but did the number of scouts at your games tail off as the season progressed?
"It started out like that then it kind of went down to teams coming in every now and then, then there were a couple of teams who stayed to the end of the season."

One of the reasons so many pro scouts came to see you pitch was because you not only throw hard but you project to throw even harder. How hard were you throwing at the beginning of the season, consistently and topping out, and how hard did you end up throwing at the end of the season?
"At the start of the season I was probably 89 to 91 consistently and I would touch 93. By the end of the year I had brought it up and I was probably 91-93, touching 95 a few times. But that was at the end of the season."

Was your fastball a two-seam or four-seam fastball?
"I would mix it up, mostly the four-seam (was the high velocity) that I was touching and the two-seam was usually what I threw when I wanted to get ground balls."

A two-seam usually has movement. What kind of movement does yours have on it?
"It usually has a little sink and tail on it. It's not much movement but just enough to get away from the head of the bat."

You were drafted in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. You could have signed with the team that drafted you but you chose to attend Mississippi State. What were your reasons for coming to State?
"When it came down to it, me and my family sat down and talked about it and (coming here) was what we decided. And we had a certain (signing bonus) price (that we wanted from the team that drafted me) that was never met. Not only that but I felt I could grow here and become a better player."

Did former Mississippi State players like Chris Stratton and Hunter Renfroe, both first-round draft picks, factor into you deciding to come here?
"Yeah, that was definitely reassuring."

Chris wasn't even drafted out of high school and Hunter was drafted late. Then, after their junior seasons they were both drafted in the 1st round. Is being drafted in the first-round a goal of yours as well?
"Yes sir."

You could have been very highly recruited but you decided to commit to Mississippi State early in the recruiting process. I believe you had a couple of offers but could have had a lot more if you had waited. Why did you decide to commit so early to Mississippi State?
"I just felt comfortable here, like it was a second home. When I got here I felt like they would not just treat me like a player but like another family member. That is what I kind of based it off of. The facilities are great but the coaches are what sold me on the program."

Now that you have been at Mississippi State a few weeks, what has it been like?
"It has been great so far. I've met a lot of new people and the guys have been great. It's a good environment to be able to play in."

You get to play your first season this coming spring. What are your thoughts about playing your first season at Mississippi State?
"It's going to be exciting. I can't wait. The fans are great. I was here for one series last year, the Kentucky series, and the way all the fans reacted was great."


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


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\r\n\r\nYou are in a unique position because you are a tall, projectable pitcher who already has really good velocity. Due to that you had a lot of pro scouts looking at you during your season. I actually heard you had something like 20 to 25 scouts looking at you during your game. Was that true?
\r\n\"Yes sir, I think there were 24 at my game.\"

\r\n\r\nHow do you pitch knowing the importance of having so many pro scouts watching you?
\r\n\"During the fall I kind of got used to all of the scouts being there. My head coach was pretty calming and kept me in the right state of mind so that I was able to focus a lot better.\"

\r\n\r\nBut that first game you had so many there, that had to not only be exciting but an anxious time as well. Then I guess it was a lot easier to handle after that first game?
\r\n\"Yes sir, it was a lot easier but it's still different when you know they are coming just to see you instead of having 100 or 200 other guys who are out there playing.\"

\r\n\r\nI know there were 24 pro scouts early on but did the number of scouts at your games tail off as the season progressed?
\r\n\"It started out like that then it kind of went down to teams coming in every now and then, then there were a couple of teams who stayed to the end of the season.\"

\r\n\r\nOne of the reasons so many pro scouts came to see you pitch was because you not only throw hard but you project to throw even harder. How hard were you throwing at the beginning of the season, consistently and topping out, and how hard did you end up throwing at the end of the season?
\r\n\"At the start of the season I was probably 89 to 91 consistently and I would touch 93. By the end of the year I had brought it up and I was probably 91-93, touching 95 a few times. But that was at the end of the season.\"

\r\n\r\nWas your fastball a two-seam or four-seam fastball?
\r\n\"I would mix it up, mostly the four-seam (was the high velocity) that I was touching and the two-seam was usually what I threw when I wanted to get ground balls.\"

\r\n\r\nA two-seam usually has movement. What kind of movement does yours have on it?
\r\n\"It usually has a little sink and tail on it. It's not much movement but just enough to get away from the head of the bat.\"

\r\n\r\nYou were drafted in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. You could have signed with the team that drafted you but you chose to attend Mississippi State. What were your reasons for coming to State?
\r\n\"When it came down to it, me and my family sat down and talked about it and (coming here) was what we decided. And we had a certain (signing bonus) price (that we wanted from the team that drafted me) that was never met. Not only that but I felt I could grow here and become a better player.\"

\r\n\r\nDid former Mississippi State players like Chris Stratton and Hunter Renfroe, both first-round draft picks, factor into you deciding to come here?
\r\n\"Yeah, that was definitely reassuring.\"

\r\n\r\nChris wasn't even drafted out of high school and Hunter was drafted late. Then, after their junior seasons they were both drafted in the 1st round. Is being drafted in the first-round a goal of yours as well?
\r\n\"Yes sir.\"

\r\n\r\nYou could have been very highly recruited but you decided to commit to Mississippi State early in the recruiting process. I believe you had a couple of offers but could have had a lot more if you had waited. Why did you decide to commit so early to Mississippi State?
\r\n\"I just felt comfortable here, like it was a second home. When I got here I felt like they would not just treat me like a player but like another family member. That is what I kind of based it off of. The facilities are great but the coaches are what sold me on the program.\"

\r\n\r\nNow that you have been at Mississippi State a few weeks, what has it been like?
\r\n\"It has been great so far. I've met a lot of new people and the guys have been great. It's a good environment to be able to play in.\"

\r\n\r\nYou get to play your first season this coming spring. What are your thoughts about playing your first season at Mississippi State?
\r\n\"It's going to be exciting. I can't wait. The fans are great. I was here for one series last year, the Kentucky series, and the way all the fans reacted was great.\"

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\r\n\r\nGene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.\r\n

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\"Yes sir, I think there were 24 at my game.\"

\"During the fall I kind of got used to all of the scouts being there. My head coach was pretty calming and kept me in the right state of mind so that I was able to focus a lot better.\"

\"Yes sir, it was a lot easier but it's still different when you know they are coming just to see you instead of having 100 or 200 other guys who are out there playing.\"

\"It started out like that then it kind of went down to teams coming in every now and then, then there were a couple of teams who stayed to the end of the season.\"

\"At the start of the season I was probably 89 to 91 consistently and I would touch 93. By the end of the year I had brought it up and I was probably 91-93, touching 95 a few times. But that was at the end of the season.\"

\"I would mix it up, mostly the four-seam (was the high velocity) that I was touching and the two-seam was usually what I threw when I wanted to get ground balls.\"

\"It usually has a little sink and tail on it. It's not much movement but just enough to get away from the head of the bat.\"

\"When it came down to it, me and my family sat down and talked about it and (coming here) was what we decided. And we had a certain (signing bonus) price (that we wanted from the team that drafted me) that was never met. Not only that but I felt I could grow here and become a better player.\"

\"Yeah, that was definitely reassuring.\"

\"Yes sir.\"

\"I just felt comfortable here, like it was a second home. When I got here I felt like they would not just treat me like a player but like another family member. That is what I kind of based it off of. The facilities are great but the coaches are what sold me on the program.\"

\"It has been great so far. I've met a lot of new people and the guys have been great. It's a good environment to be able to play in.\"

\"It's going to be exciting. I can't wait. The fans are great. I was here for one series last year, the Kentucky series, and the way all the fans reacted was great.\"

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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