Draft profile: Dakota Hudson

Draft profile: Dakota Hudson

With the 2016 Draft fast approaching, we take a closer look at the top prospects in this year's class. 

Name: Dakota Hudson
Position: RHP
School: Mississippi State
Rank on Draft Top 200: 10
DOB: 9/14/1994
Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 205 pounds
Previously drafted: 2013, 36th (1,090) -- TEX

Tools
(Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale)
Fastball: 
65
Slider: 65
Curveball: 50
Changeup: 50
Control: 50
Overall: 55

Stats
Innings: 
103 1/3
Record: 9-4, 2.35 ERA
Shutouts: 2
Strikeouts: 107
Walks: 30
Games-Starts: 15-15

Scouting report
Hudson's arm strength and projectability intrigued scouts when he was a Tennessee high schooler, and he might have gone around the fifth round in the 2013 Draft had he been signable. Instead, he fell to the Rangers in the 36th round and opted to attend Mississippi State. Hudson's lack of polish contributed to him totaling just 34 innings in his first two college seasons, yet a breakout summer in the Cape Cod League in 2015 established him as a potential first-rounder, and a fabulous spring has cemented that status.

Hudson can pitch at 93-95 mph and hit 97 with his fastball, which also features run and sink. Yet his best pitch is a nasty slider/cutter that combines the best features of both -- upper-80s velocity and true slider break. Hudson's curveball and changeup give him two more effective offerings.

Though he had problems throwing strikes in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, Hudson filled the zone with ease on the Cape and has continued to do so as a junior. His stuff, durable frame and performance give him the look of a front-line starter.

Fun fact: Hudson is from the small town of Dunlap, Tenn., which is also known as the "Hang Gliding Capital of the East."

He said it: "They want me to use all of my pitches and really pound the strike zone. If I do that, it will force hitters to have to deal with my stuff. They also want me to be more efficient with my pitches."

They said it: "At the beginning of the year, he was probably as dominant and consistently good as any college pitcher in the country."
-- MLB.com Draft and prospect expert Jim Callis

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.