June 6, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; General view of baseballs during batting practice prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Draft: Notre Dame's Joe Hudson Selected By The Cincinnati Reds

Junior catcher Joe Hudson was picked in the 6th Round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Hudson was the 10th catcher selected in the Draft.

Hudson was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and 2nd Big East All Team in 2012. He was the first Notre Dame catcher to lead the Irish in hitting in over 15 years.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Cincinnati Reds organization,” said Hudson. “This is truly a dream come true. However, my ultimate goal is to become a Major League player. I have a lot of work still ahead of me. I can’t thank the coaching staff at Notre Dame enough for what they have done for me not only as a baseball player but as a person.

I want to thank all of my Notre Dame teammates from this year as well. If I do, in fact, sign, I will certainly miss each and everyone of them.” -und.com

The catcher has always been mediocre when it comes to hitting. But this year has been a different story. Hudson hit .332 with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 6home runs and 39 RBI on the season. Even head coach Mike Aoki was impressed with his improvements.

“We as a coaching staff are so thrilled for Joe,” said second-year head coach Mik Aoki. “He has always been a premium catch-and-throw player, but his hard work at the plate paid off with a breakout offensive season. This is a tremendous reward for an outstanding year.” -und.com

Certainly an exciting time for the Notre Dame Baseball program. Stay logged onto to Slap the Sign for further updates on the MLB Draft.




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