John Hudgins Becomes Sixth Player From 2003 Team To Sign Pro Contract
July 18, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - John Hudgins, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 College World Series, signed a professional baseball contract with the Texas Rangers on Friday to become the sixth member of the 2003 Stanford Baseball team that finished as the College World Series runner-up to sign a professional baseball contract this summer. Five former Stanford players have signed contracts with Major League Baseball organizations as Hudgins joins Tim Cunningham (Texas Rangers), Ryan Garko (Cleveland Indians), Ryan McCally (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Carlos Quentin (Arizona Diamondbacks), while Tobin Swope signed a free agent deal with the Houma Hawks of the Southeastern League of Professional Baseball.
'We are thrilled for each of these six players from our 2003 club to have signed professional baseball contracts,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'Each one made significant contributions while at Stanford, and we wish them the best in all of their future endeavors.'
Sam Fuld, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft, is the only one of six Stanford draftees from the 2003 team not to have signed a professional baseball contract. Fuld, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, is playing in the summer of 2003 for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League.
Hudgins, a third round draft pick of the Rangers, finished his junior season at Stanford in 2003 with a 14-3 record and a 2.99 ERA to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Second Team All-American honors. Hudgins set Stanford's single-season record for innings pitched with 165.1 and tied for second on the school's all-time single-season win list, leading the Pac-10 in both categories. He also led the conference in strikeouts (143), starts (22), complete games (8), strikeouts looking (44) and opponents' batting average (.227). He was 3-0 with a complete game and a 1.88 ERA in three College World Series starts to become the first Stanford player to win the CWS Most Outstanding Player trophy since 1988 and just the third in school history. Hudgins was also 5-0 in the 2003 postseason and won his final seven starts. Hudgins finished his collegiate career with a 25-9 record and a 3.75 ERA, striking out 255 batters in 316.2 innings. He has been assigned to Single-A Clinton of the Midwest League and is expected to report on Friday.
Cunningham, a ninth round pick of the Texas Rangers, was 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA in limited action as a senior, missing over a month and a half of the season with a broken finger. Cunningham finished his collegiate career with a 24-8 record and a 4.17 ERA with 178 strikeouts in 276.1 innings pitched. Cunningham earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors during his junior season when he posted a 10-3 record and a 4.26 ERA. Cunningham is currently playing in Short Season-A baseball with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League.
Garko, a third round pick of the Cleveland Indians, finished a four-year Stanford career with a mammoth senior season by leading the team with a .402 batting average, 18 homers and 92 RBI. Garko, who tied Stanford's single-season RBI record and became just the sixth Cardinal player to ever hit .400 or better, earned the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate catcher and was named the Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year. Garko finished his collegiate career with a lifetime .390 batting average, 39 homers and 191 RBI. Garko is currently playing for the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League.
McCally, a 23rd round selection of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, posted a 7-3 record with a 4.44 ERA in his final collegiate season, striking out 58 in 99.1 innings. He had an excellent postseason, going 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and striking out 15 in 25.1 innings. McCally earned a spot on the All-Regional team after his complete game victory over Illinois-Chicago in the Regional opener and also won a game at the CWS. He finished his collegiate career with a 14-7 record and a 3.83 ERA, striking out 136 batters in 204.1 innings. McCally also picked up 13 career saves to rank tied for sixth on Stanford's all-time list. He is currently playing for the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League.
Quentin, a first round choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks, led the Cardinal with 105 hits and batted .396 with 12 homers, 64 RBI and 10 stolen bases as a junior in 2003. Quentin was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award given annually to the top amateur player in the nation and earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third straight season. Quentin was also one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award. Quentin finished his collegiate career with a .350 batting average, 35 homers, 170 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He is not expected to play in the summer of 2003 while recovering from a shoulder injury.
Swope hit .263 with a homer, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases, while starting all 69 games in his first season as the team's starting shortstop. Swope finished his collegiate career with a .279 batting average, one homer, 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He is currently playing for the Houma Hawks of the Southeastern League of Professional Baseball.