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  John Hudgins
John Hudgins

Player Profile
Mission Viejo, CA

High School:
Mission Viejo HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200




  • Seasons at Stanford: 2001-03
  • Professional Organization: Texas Rangers
  • 3rd Round Draft Pick (2003)
  • Complete Final Career Stats

    Professional Baseball Career - Signed a professional baseball contract with the Texas Rangers' organization in July of 2003 after being selected in the third round (76th pick overall) of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Appeared in one game and had no decisions for the Clinton Lumber Kings of the `Single A' Midwest League in the summer of 2003, striking out four without giving up an earned run in 2.0 innings ... Had been previously drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round of the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. Cardinal Career - An All-American as a junior ... Finished his collegiate career with a 25-9 record and a 3.75 ERA, ranking tied for 10th on Stanford's all-time win list ... Struck out 255 batters in 316.2 innings and 63 appearances with 39 starts ... Recorded 11 complete games, one solo shutout and one combined shutout ... Allowed fewer hits (281) than innings pitched and held opponents to a batting average of .238 ... Had a lifetime 7-0 postseason record in 11 appearances (eight starts) and a 4-0 mark in six CWS appearances (five starts) ... Tied an all-time CWS record by winning four games in Omaha and a single-season CWS record with three victories in 2003 ... Recorded four saves, all while pitching primarily as a reliever in his freshman year.

    As a Junior in 2003 - Had a banner year as he was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, while earning First Team (College Baseball Insider), Second Team (Collegiate Baseball) and Third Team (Baseball America) All-American honors ... Also earned Stanford's Bruce R. Cameron Memorial Award ... Finished the season with a 14-3 record and a 2.99 ERA, striking out 143 batters (#6 on Stanford's single-season list) in a school record 165.1 innings pitched ... Led the team and the Pac-10 in wins (#2T on Stanford's single-season list, #3T NCAA), strikeouts, innings pitched, starts (22), complete games (8), strikeouts looking (44) and opponents' batting average (.227) ... Had the lowest ERA among regulars on the team (#3 Pac-10) ... Posted a 5-0 record and a 2.57 ERA in his five postseason starts, striking out 33 batters in 42.0 innings and allowing opponents just a .211 batting average ... Became just the third Stanford player to win Most Outstanding Player honors at the College World Series, winning all three of his starts to go 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 24.0 innings ... Won his final seven consecutive starts ... Lasted at least 6.0 innings in 20 of his 22 starts and 7.0 or more on 15 occasions ... Put up a 3-2 mark with a 3.70 ERA in eight Pac-10 starts, striking out 46 batters in 58.1 innings ... Scattered three runs and 10 hits with five strikeouts in 7.0 gutsy innings of work in his final performance in a Stanford uniform to earn the victory in an 8-3 win over Rice in the second game of the CWS Championship Series (6/22), pitching on just three days rest ... Tossed a complete game five-hitter with seven strikeouts while pitching on four days rest for the first time during the season to lead Stanford to a 5-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton in a CWS bracket final (6/18) ... Combined with Kodiak Quick for Stanford's first CWS shutout in 58 games by holding South Carolina scoreless on just two hits over the first 8.0 innings before Quick pitched a scoreless ninth ... Tossed a complete game seven-hitter in a 5-1 win over Long Beach State in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional (6/6), allowing just one run and giving up seven hits with six strikeouts ... Struck out a career-high 12 batters in the winners' bracket game of the NCAA Regional versus UC Riverside (5/31), giving up six runs and eight hits in a complete game effort and settling in after allowing four first inning runs ... Worked 6.0 innings versus Cal Poly (5/23) in his final regular season start, allowing just three hits and an unearned run without walking a batter in 6.0 innings to earn the victory in a 10-3 Cardinal win ... Tossed his fifth complete game of the season in his previous outing, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out 10 in a 9-1 win over UCLA (5/16) ... Gave up five runs (four earned) and seven hits in a season-low 4.1 innings to earn a no-decision at California (5/9) ... Allowed six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 5.0 innings of a no-decision at USC (5/3) ... Suffered a loss and snapped a three-game win streak versus Arizona (4/25) despite throwing a complete game, allowing four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts ... Earned a complete game victory versus Oregon State (4/17), allowing just two runs and six hits with 10 strikeouts ... Pitched 8.0 scoreless two-hit innings and struck out a then-career-high 11 batters in a 9-1 win over Sacramento State (4/11) ... Pitched a complete game in a 6-1 win at Washington State (4/4), scattering seven hits and giving up only one run with six strikeouts ... Suffered a loss in Stanford's 5-3 defeat at the hands of Washington (3/28), allowing three runs and eight hits over 7.0 innings ... Received no-decision in a 7-6, 11-inning loss at Arizona State (3/22), scattering four runs and six hits over the first 6.0 innings ... Tossed his first complete game of the season versus California (3/7), allowing just two runs and seven hits with nine strikeouts in an 11-2 Stanford win ... Suffered his first loss of the year versus USC (2/28), giving up eight runs (six earned) and nine hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings of a 13-4 Trojan victory ... Scattered four runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings to earn a victory in an 11-7 win at Texas (2/22 - Game 1) ... Took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earned a win in a 4-1 victory over Fresno State (2/14), allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts in 8.0 innings ... Earned his first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor (2/11) after holding Florida State (2/7) to one run and six hits with 10 strikeouts over the first 9.0 innings of Stanford's 2-1 victory in 12 innings ... Picked up a no-decision at Cal State Fullerton (1/31), allowing 10 hits and three runs over 6.0 innings before leaving with the score tied 3-3 in an eventual 7-3 loss ... Held Santa Clara to two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings in his first start of 2003 and Stanford's season-opener to pick up a victory (1/25) ... Named to the Verizon All-District 8 Academic Team, as well as First Team Pac-10 All-Academic.

    As a Sophomore in 2002 - Honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice ... Posted a 10-1 record, tied for the fourth-best single-season winning percentage (.909) ever by a Stanford pitcher with a minimum of eight decisions ... Second on the club with three complete games and tossed one of only two complete game shutouts by a Cardinal pitcher ... Appeared in 19 games with 14 starts ... Tied for second on the club and tied for third in the Pac-10 with 10 victories ... Third on the club in innings pitched (105.0) and strikeouts (62) ... Posted a 4.71 ERA ... Received excellent defensive support as only one of the 56 runs scored against him was unearned ... Won seven of his first nine starts with two no decisions before suffering his only loss of the season in a 10-2 defeat to Arizona State (5/11) ... Was 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA and a complete game in two postseason starts and 14.2 innings pitched ... Was 3-1 with a 5.86 ERA in Pac-10 action ... Picked up his first College World Series win in his first CWS start versus Notre Dame (6/18), sending the Cardinal to its bracket final by limiting the Fighting Irish to three runs and six hits over the first 5.2 innings ... Did not pitch in the NCAA Super Regional as the Cardinal swept two games versus USC ... Won his first postseason contest by tossing a complete game and scattering 11 hits with six strikeouts in an 8-4 win over Long Beach State (6/2) in the championship game of the NCAA Regional ... Received no decisions in his final two regular season outings versus Washington State (5/25) and at UCLA (5/18) ... Picked up a win versus California (5/5), scattering nine hits and five runs in 6.0 innings ... Tossed his first career complete game shutout and the first by a Stanford pitcher in 2002 in a key outing at Oregon State (4/28), limiting the Beavers to four hits in a 13-0 Stanford win that snapped the only two-game losing streak of the year for the Cardinal ... Pitched effectively in a no-decision effort at Washington (4/21), giving up five hits and three runs over 7.1 innings in a game the Cardinal eventually lost 4-3 in 10 innings ... Picked up a victory versus USC (4/14), scattering nine hits and four runs over the first 7.0 innings ... Tossed his first career complete game (9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO) and the first by a Stanford pitcher in 2002 in a 7-2 win over Texas (3/30) ... Tossed 6.2 innings, giving up just five hits and four runs to earn a victory in a 5-4 win at USC (3/24) ... Scattered six hits and one run over 6.0 innings in a 4-2 win at California (3/10) ... Made his first start of the season and beat Cal Poly (3/3), striking out a career-high eight batters, holding the Mustangs scoreless over the first 6.0 innings and facing only one batter over the minimum, before allowing three runs in the seventh in an 11-3 Cardinal win ... Picked up a win out of the bullpen in a wild 15-11 Stanford victory at Florida State (2/9), striking out six while scattering three runs and three hits over 4.0 innings, while also picking up the only at bat of his career and lining out to right field in the top of the ninth inning ... Impressive performance (4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO) in relief versus Cal State Fullerton (2/3) in his first outing of the season ... First Team Pac-10 All-Academic.

    As a Freshman in 2001 - Picked up extensive experience in his first collegiate season with 46.1 innings of work and four saves (third on the club) ... Posted a 1-5 record with a 4.27 ERA in 22 appearances and three starts ... Struck out 50 batters and averaged 9.71 strikeouts per nine innings to lead the team ... Started three games, including a key start in the second NCAA Regional championship game against Texas (5/27), holding the Longhorns to six hits and two runs over a season-high 5.1 innings in a game the Cardinal eventually came back to win 4-3 ... Pitched well in the postseason with an 0-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in 12.0 innings and four appearances ... Pitched twice in the CWS, including a shutout inning in the championship game against Miami (6/16) and 3.0 effective innings with five strikeouts versus Tulane (6/8) in the opening round CWS game ... Also had an excellent relief performance against South Carolina in the NCAA Super Regional (6/2), striking out five and allowing only two hits in 2.2 scoreless innings ... Pitched effectively towards the end of the regular season, giving up no earned runs at Washington State (5/20 - 2.0 IP, 2 SO), versus Arizona (5/12 - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 SO), at San Francisco (5/9 - 3.1 IP, 1 H, 5 SO) and versus Santa Clara (5/1 - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) ... Picked up his first collegiate win versus Nevada (2/27), striking out a season-high six in 3.0 innings as the starter ... Saved both Stanford wins in the team's first three-game series of the season at Fresno State (1/26, 1/28) ... Also saved games versus Florida State (2/10) and at Texas (2/16).

    High School - A 2000 graduate of Mission Viejo High School... Named the 2000 Orange County Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register, while also earning South Coast League MVP, First Team All-County and Orange County MVP honors ... Named to the Cal-Hi Sports State All-Star team and was MVP of the Southern California All-Star club in the annual game between the North and South as a senior ... Selected First Team All-South Coast League three times (1998-2000) ... Team MVP and captain as a junior and senior ... Broke all-time school records in victories (20), no-hitters (2), shutouts (7), innings pitched (243.0) and strikeouts (346) ... Had a 10-2 record with an 0.76 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 82.2 innings as a senior, while also hitting .438 with 29 RBI in 73 at bats ... Tossed 12 complete games (including the school-record two no-hitters) with five shutouts and three saves as a senior ... Set the school's single-season records in ERA and strikeouts as a senior ... Also played three years of quarterback on his high School football squad ... Named a Mission Viejo Scholar Athlete in 2000 and graduated in the Top 10 of his class with a 4.6 GPA ... Coached in baseball by Chris Ashbach. Amateur Summer Baseball - Had a big summer of 2002 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, compiling a 3-1 record and ranking fourth in the league with a 1.03 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 35.0 innings ... Also had successful appearances in the 2002 Cape Cod League All-Star Game (1.0 IP, 2 SO) and playoffs (1-0, 4.1 IP, 7 SO) ... Played in the summer of 2001 with the Maxim Yankees in a San Jose semi-pro league, posting a 4-1 record and a 2.03 ERA in 31.0 innings pitched, seven appearances and six starts ... Played for three summers (1998-2000) with the Orange County Giants of the Connie Mack League, winning the state championship in 1999.

    Personal - Graduated in June of 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics after just three years of classes at Stanford ... Son of Mike and Janiece Hudgins ... Father is a minister ... The oldest of four children ... Married the former Amanda McKnight on September 6, 2003 ... Hobbies include computers, playing the guitar, playing video games, reading and church ... Designs websites, including one dedicated to Pac-10 Baseball, and builds computers in his spare time ... Spent the summer of 2001 building and repairing computers for Maxim Integrated Products in San Jose ... Grandfather, Bob Hudgins, played football as a kicker and guard at Arizona ... Favorite professional sports team is the Anaheim Angels, while Atlanta Braves' pitcher Greg Maddux is his favorite pro athlete ... His best advice to youngsters is that "if you don't do well in the classroom, they don't let you play college baseball, so you have to work hard" ... Earliest baseball memory is playing catch in the backyard with his father when he was about five years old.

    Last Updated: 2/13/04

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