With Notre Dame’s season done, catcher Joe Hudson, a 2009 Jesuit graduate, was at home in Tampa, watching the draft with his mother in the living room.
And though he knew going into the draft where the Cincinnati Reds wanted to pick him, actually hearing his name called with the 202nd overall pick in the sixth round brought a wave a relief.
“It’s a surreal feeling, it hasn’t really hit me yet that I’ll be playing pro ball soon,” Hudson said. “It was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences ever, sitting in that room waiting for my name to be called.”
Hudson, a junior, said the Reds offered him slot bonus money, which for his pick is $178,300.
“That’s more than enough for me to forgo my senior year,” Hudson said. “I’d love to sign right away and start my career.”
Before he went to the Fighting Irish, Hudson was a second-team all-county selection for the Times in 2009 when he hit .407 with four doubles, three home runs, 33 runs scored and 30 RBIs. More recently, he led Notre Dame with a .332 average. He also collected 14 doubles, six home runs, and 39 RBIs.
Hudson is the second draft pick from the 2009 Jesuit team. Lance McCullers, a freshman then, went No. 41 overall to the Houston Astros.