Junior C Joe Hudson.

Joe Hudson Selected By Cincinnati Reds In 6th Round Of 2012 MLB Draft

June 5, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame junior C Joe Hudson was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft Tuesday. He is the highest drafted Irish catcher since Ken Plesha went to the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 1965 draft.

“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.”

“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.”

Hudson was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and second-team all-BIG EAST selection in 2012. He was the first Notre Dame catcher to lead the Irish in hitting since Mike Amrhein in 1997. Hudson started 57 games this past season, the most by a Notre Dame backstop since Paul O’Toole started 65 games in 2002.

Hudson hit .332 with 39 runs scored, 14 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 39 RBI. He registered a .500 slugging percentage and .432 on-base percentage. He also collected 21 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests.

Hudson led the BIG EAST in throwing out base runners (.380, 19 of 50). In fact, Notre Dame led the BIG EAST in fewest opponent stolen bases (32) and fewest opponent stolen base attempts (56).

Hudson was the 16th catcher overall and 10th college backstop chosen in the draft.

Year   avg  gp-gs   ab   r   h   2b  3b  hr  rbi  slg%  bb  hbp  so  ob%  sf  sh  sb-att2010  .264  22-16   53   9   14  1   0   1   6    .340  5   0    13  .311 3   0   1-12011  .239  53-51   163  18  39  10  2   0   14   .325  17  3    20  .322 0   6   2-42012  .332  57-57   202  39  67  14  1   6   39   .500  23  14   32  .432 2   0   3-4Total .287  132-124 418  66  120 25  3   7   59   .411  45  17   65  .375 5   6   6-9

Over the last 15 years, Notre Dame has had 40 players (including Hudson) get drafted despite going unselected out of high school.

The three-day draft continues on Wednesday. Check back to www.und.com for further draft updates.

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