Growing up in New York City, Hudson Haskin rooted for his beloved New Yankees and always dreamed of playing professional baseball.
On Friday night, the Baltimore Orioles picked Tulane University sophomore and former Avon Old Farms School outfielder (CT)–the same school which also produced Astros outfielder George Springer–in the second round, 39th overall, of the 2020 MLB first-year player draft.
The selection brings Haskin’s aspiration of being a pro baseball player one step closer to reality, providing that he signs with the Orioles organization.
Haskin laced .333 with a team-high six doubles in the COVID-19 shortened season. He also drove in 14 runs and scored 18 times to go along with his .452 on-base percentage in 17 contests.
Plus, Haskin slashed 306/.340/.500 with three doubles, four triples, five homers, and 23 RBI in 32 games with Newport in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
Additionally, the 21-year-old, 6-foot-two, 198 pounder enjoyed an impressive freshman campaign in 2019 with the Green Wave, slugging 10 dingers and 52 RBI with 77 hits, 19 of which were doubles and four were triples, and 55 runs scored in 207 at-bats in 66 games.
Haskin’s college productive stats were enough to have Baltimore call his name and hopefully ink him and this year’s second overall pick, Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad, as well as Mississippi State’s shortstop Jordan Westburg, the 15th overall pick.
Add in last season’s MLB number one draft selection and future star catcher Adley Rutschman, and that will form a solid core of Oriole prospects.
— Jerry Del Priore