June 11, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Former Florida Atlantic University baseball standout Alex Hudak has signed a free agent contract to play professionally in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Hudak, an outfielder from Mount Dora, played in 92 games in his two seasons as an Owl, helping the team capture the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) regular-season championship this past spring. He earned second-team All-SBC honors in 2011 after finishing second in the conference with a .360 batting average.
This past season, Hudak missed a majority of the season after suffering an injury. The senior co-captain was named the SBC Player of the Week after hitting three homers in FAU's season-opening, three-game sweep at the University of Alabama. He came back to connect on a game-tying, two-run double to lead a ninth-inning rally past FIU, helping the team capture the league title. He ended the season with five home runs, 23 runs batted in and 24 runs scored.
Overall, Hudak posted a .329 career batting average with eight home runs.
"I am happy that Alex is getting a chance to realize his dream of playing professional baseball," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "He worked extremely hard here and was a great teammate. I am proud of him and excited that he will be starting his professional career."
Hudak joins former teammates R.J. Alvarez (3rd round by Los Angeles Angels), Kyle Newton (19th round by Colorado Rockies) and Ryan Garton (34th round by Tampa Bay Rays) in advancing to play professional baseball. FAU signees Brandon Welch, Robbie Whalen and Alex Lavandero also were drafted in the recent Major League Baseball Draft.
Florida Atlantic had a 32-22 record this spring - the program's 14th straight winning season. This year's SBC regular-season championship was the team's second in the past three years.