Good news for former University of Illinois outfielder Kyle Hudson. The fleet-footed centerfielder been called to the bigs! The Baltimore Orioles called up Hudson yesterday to the parent organization to meet the September 1 deadline.
If I’m correct, the Orioles’ 1998 4th round pick will be the first Illini player to make the majors since infielder Chris Basak who spent some a little time with the New York Yankees in 2007.
Hudson was obviously known as a speedster in his years at Illinois, ranking third all-time among Illini with 66 steals. We sometimes forget what he could with the bat. He was second all-time among Illini in career hitting with a .376 batting average. In his last year with the Illini in 2008, he hit an astounding .398.
Good luck to Hud! Illini fans are all rooting for you!