August 31, 1981 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
John Michael Hudgins (born August 31, 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a former minor league pitcher who is most notable for winning the 2003 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a junior at Stanford University. He is one of three players from Stanford University to win the award. The other two are Lee Plemel and Paul Carey.
In 2001 with Stanford, he went 1-5 with a 4.30 ERA. In 2002, he went 10-1 with a 4.71 ERA, and in 2003 he went 14-3 with a 2.99 ERA.
He attended Mission Viejo High School prior to starring at Stanford University.
Hudgins was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round of the 2000 amateur draft, however he did not sign. In 2003, he was drafted in the third round by the Texas Rangers. He was signed by scout Tim Fortugno, and began his professional career that year.
Playing for the Clinton LumberKings, he played in a single game in his debut professional season, striking out four batters in two innings. His professional career got rolling in 2004, as he split the season between the Stockton Ports, Oklahoma RedHawks and Frisco RoughRiders. He appeared in 30 total games, starting 25 of them and going 8-5 with a 3.14 ERA. The following year, he played for the RedHawks and RoughRiders, going a combined 4-9 in 22 games (21 starts). His ERA jumped to 5.70. He began the 2006 season in the Rangers organization, playing for the RedHawks. However, he was traded with minor leaguer Vince Sinisi to the San Diego Padres for Freddy Guzman and minor leaguer Cesar Rojas on May 11. In his new organization, he played for the Portland Beavers and Mobile Bay Bears. He went a combined 6-5 with a 3.64 ERA in 2006. He played for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in 2007  and in 2008 he played for the AZL Padres, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two games. He split 2009 between the San Antonio Missions and Portland Beavers, going a combined 1-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 39 games.