WJTV – The top two starting pitchers from Mississippi State’s historic 2016 season are now officially St. Louis Cardinals.
Dakota Hudson and Austin Sexton both signed their contracts with the Cardinals on Saturday.
St. Louis drafted Hudson with the 34th overall pick, the last of the first round. Jim Callis of MLB.com reports Hudson’s deal is worth $2 million. That is a little more than the slot value assigned to the 34th pick ($1,878,000).
Hudson, who has garnered five All-American honors for 2016, became just the 13th Bulldog in program history to be drafted in the first round. He finished the season with a 9-5 record, 2.55 ERA, and 115 strikeouts, with those last two marks ranking fifth in the SEC.
Sexton went to the Cardinals 17 rounds later. He was drafted with the 556th overall pick in the 18th round. He had a record of 8-3 with a 3.56 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 17 starts for 2016.
Mississippi State had a program-record 11 players drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft. Five of them so far have signed deals with their major league clubs: Hudson, Sexton, Zac Houston (Detroit Tigers), Jacob Robson (Detroit Tigers), and Daniel Brown (Milwaukee Brewers). Northwest Rankin alumnus and former Bulldog Reid Humphreys also told WJTV on June 13 that he would be signing with the Colorado Rockies.
Other Bulldog draftees, like Nathaniel Lowe (Tampa Bay Rays) and Gavin Collins (Cleveland Indians), have tweeted what appear to be goodbyes to Starkville.
Two Bulldog signees, Walker Robbins (Cardinals) and Collin Holderman (New York Mets), have also reportedly signed their major league contracts.