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Mosley coach comments on two Bay County players taken in MLB draft

Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 10:51 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Mosley High School baseball head coach Jon Hudson knows a little something about baseball, and what it takes to succeed beyond the high school level. So he’s a good judge of what Jaden Rudd and Lucas Dunn are going through this week, what’s ahead for them, and what’s gotten them to this point.

Rudd is going directly from high school ball at Mosley, to the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He’s heading to Dunedin Thursday after being chosen by Toronto in the 7th round of the MLB draft Monday, the 212th pick overall. Dunn is a 2017 graduate of Arnold High School, who then played four years at the University of Louisville. He was taken in the 8th round of the draft Monday by the San Diego Padres, at 250 overall. Luca heads west to Arizona later this week. So two local players going in the first half of the draft, it says something about not just them but about the state of the game in Bay County, says coach Hudson, who watched them both play rather closely.

“Well I’ve been here about twenty years and I’ve seen a lot of players come through.” coach Hudson told me Tuesday afternoon. “The Panhandle’s got a reputation for sending out baseball players, pro players. And the Panama City area is right at the top. Of course Lucas and Jaden are really going to represent the Panhandle well in pro baseball.”

And Hudson says it’s been interesting to see the development of both Rudd and Dunn, who really earned everything that’s come to them in this game.

“They’re similar in their work ethic. You don’t find guys that work like those two work. And that was the thing about Lucas was, you know he didn’t, like Jaden, they didn’t come here in the 9th grade at six foot two and 220 pounds. You know they really had to work at it. And as you can tell, both of their bodies, if you seen them as freshman, until what you see today, you can tell the work ethic that those guys had. And you have to have the body to play pro baseball like that.”

And all that is a great example for the younger players all across Bay County, and at Hudson’s home field of Mosley.

“I think that’s one of the advantages we have at Mosley. We’ve had several players that have come through that have had a chance to play pro ball. We’ve had JJ Bleday just recently as well. That’s who Jaden, you know looked up to. So now the younger guys here see what Jaden’s gone through, they know what he’s done. They see his work ethic. They see he’s made some sacrifice in other ways in order to reach his goals. So yeah I think that’s really important for the young guys to see that this is what it takes. You just don’t walk into a professional baseball contract. Everybody wants it but now they see firsthand what you’ve got to do.”

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