Cardinals sign 2016 first round pick Dakota Hudson

31 players signed overall, including 27 draft picks & 10 of 12 from the top 10 rounds

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson, their third first round draft pick (34th overall) from the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Hudson, 21, is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound, college junior, who was 9-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts for Mississippi State University. He was the Friday night starter for the No. 6 National-Seeded Bulldogs, who advanced to the Super Regional.

Hudson's teammate at Mississippi State, right-handed pitcher Austin Sexton (18th round) was also signed today, along with St. Louis native, RHP Robbie Gordon (36th round) and seventh-round pick, catcher Andrew Knizner (KIZZ-ner).

The Cardinals have now signed 27 of their 42 draft picks including 10 of 12 players selected in the Top 10 rounds and four non-drafted free agents. Two pitchers, RHP Connor Jones from Virginia and RHP Zac Gallen from North Carolina, remain as the only players from the Cardinals Top 10 rounds yet to sign.

The Cardinals have until July 15 at 4:00 p.m. CT, to sign players from the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.