Mississippi State’s Dakota Hudson had to wait three hours and nearly the entire first round of the MLB Draft to pass before his name was finally called.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected the junior right-handed pitcher with the 34th and final pick of the first round. Hudson was the third player the Cardinals drafted in the first round.
“I’m a pretty big Cardinals fan so I was super excited and it’s a big deal to have this opportunity,” Hudson said.
Hudson was projected as high as No. 9 in mock drafts leading up to Thursday’s draft but 16 pitchers were selected ahead of him including six college right-handers.
Hudson’s draft slot carries a value of $1.878 million. He and all other draft picks will have until July 15 to sign a contract.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder from Dunlap, Tennessee is 9-4 his season with a 2.62 earned run average, 109 strikeouts and 34 walks through 106 2/3 innings over 16 starts.
It was the second time Hudson has been drafted. He was picked in the 36th round by the Texas Rangers out of Sequatchie County High School in 2013.
Hudson is the 13th Bulldog to be drafted in the first round and third under John Cohen. He is the first MSU player picked in the first round since Hunter Renfroe was selected 13th overall by the San Diego Padres in 2013.
Hudson was not the only Diamond Dog celebrating Thursday evening. First baseman Nathaniel Lowe‘s younger brother, Josh, was taken 13th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Pope High School in Georgia as a third baseman.
Rounds 3-10 will be held Friday beginning at noon on MLB.com and rounds 11-40 starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.