CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte baseball’s Brock Hudgens became the 75th player in program history to be selected in the MLB Draft being picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round of the annual draft on Saturday afternoon. Hudgens was the 926th pick overall and 31st selection out of Conference USA. Hudgens is the second Niner picked in this year’s draft and gives Head Coach Loren Hibbs his 28th player drafted as the Charlotte skipper.
“I’m proud of Brock and thrilled that the Brewers have given him an opportunity,” exclaimed Hibbs. “They are and up and coming organization. It will be a great fit for him.”
The right-hander led the Niners with 14 starts, setting a new personal-best, in 2014 with his three wins and 3.61 earned run average, all adding up to be his second-best season put together at Charlotte. All three wins came in C-USA play and on the road at Florida Atlantic, UTSA and Louisiana Tech. Hudgens struck out 69 hitters in 77.1 innings of work which led the team for the second-straight season, fanning a season-high eight on three different occasions, while whiffing at-least four hitters in 11 of his 14 appearances. The senior’s 69 strikeouts ranked him 11th in Conference USA while his 8.03 strikeouts per nine innings stood in eighth.
Hudgens’ opponent’s batting average of .245 was the lowest among the starters as he help start the Niners' school-record stretch of three-straight complete games with Corey Roberts and Ryan Butler after his seven innings of work at Florida Atlantic. In the win, Hudgens carried a no-hitter into the fifth before picking up the win allowing just one run on two hits with six strikeouts.
The new Brewers draftee recorded his best season with Charlotte back in 2013 sporting a 7-1 record with a 2.77 ERA. For his efforts, Hudgens was named a three-time Pitcher of the Week as well as the Atlantic 10’s First Team and NCCSIA All-State Second Team. His single-game highs were all set a season ago with a complete-game, one-hitter in a victory over Butler. Less than two weeks earlier, Hudgens set his career-high with 10 strikeouts in A-10 action at Xavier. Hudgens would strike out 77 in his 84.1 innings of work while limiting opponent’s to a slim .206 average against him.
In his four-year Niner career, Hudgens post all 10 wins over the last two seasons as a starter with a 3.57 ERA. Hudgens tossed 204 career innings with 199 career strikeouts after facing nearly 900 hitters. He ended his career at Charlotte with an opponent’s batting average of .232 which ranks third all-time while his 3.57 career ERA places him 10th in the record books.
Hudgens, who joins fellow C-USA right-hander Caleb Smith from Rice who was also drafted earlier in the day by Milwaukee, could start as high as the Midwest League with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
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Triple A (Pacific Coast League) – Nashville Sounds
Double A (Southern League) – Huntsville Stars
High A Advanced (Florida State League) – Brevard County Manatees
Low A Full Season (Midwest League) – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Rookie (Pioneer League) – Helena Brewers
Rookie (Arizona League) – Arizona League Brewers