Name: Bryan Hudson, LHP
Drafted: 3rd round, 82 overall
School: Alton HIgh School, Alton, Illinois
Weight: 235 pounds
Slot Limit: $731,000
Signing Bonus: $1.1 million
Amidst the July 2 International signings, the Cubs announced on Thursday they had agreed to terms with third-round pick Bryan Hudson, a left-handed high school arm from the Illinois side of the St. Louis area. Reports have the lefty getting $1.1 million, close to $400,000 over the slot value for the 82nd overall pick.
Instead of heading to the University of Missouri, Hudson has reported to Mesa and spent his first day on the diamond as the bat boy for the Cubs in their Arizona Rookie League game last night against the A’s. He should make his pro debut soon.
Armed with a fastball that was hitting 93-95 late in the season, and a hammer curve in the low 80s, Hudson went 10-2 with a 0.50 ERA and fanned 150 hitters in 70.1 IP this spring for Alton.
“Once in a long coaching career you have some very talented kids and you can win a lot of games with,” Alton coach Todd Haug told the Belleville News-Democrat. “But that rare combination of physical tools and mound presence and the ability to focus, and also the professionalism to go about your business, it’s pretty rare. You throw all those intangibles together and that’s why I call him a once-in-a-coaching-career type of player.”
He finished his career at Alton with a school record 25 wins and 323 strikeouts, while posting a 1.32 ERA in 198 innings. Hudson is a three-time All Southwestern Conference pitcher, a two-time All-State Performer for the Illinois Coaches Association and a two-time All-State Performer for Prep Baseball Report.
Coming into the draft, Hudson was considered by some draft experts as the best prep pitching prospect to come out of Illinois since 2010 when the Astros took Mike Foltynewicz in the first-round out of Minooka High School.
Hudson is the third left-handed prep arm the Cubs have drafted in the last two years, joining Carson Sands (4th round) and Justin Steele (5th round), who are currently pitching at short-season Eugene. When he’s done with ‘bat boy” duties, Hudson should spend the rest of the summer in Mesa and then participate at fall instructs.