College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 9 with Florida junior RHP Hudson Randall. The Atlanta, Georgia native attended Dunwoody High School where he earned first-team all-state accolades in his final prep season and was selected as DeKalb County Pitcher of the Year after leading the county in wins (eight), strikeouts (88) and innings pitched (69.1). He was named as a Louisville Slugger High School All-American as a junior and senior while being named All-Area Greater Atlanta by ESPN Rise Magazine. He was taken in the 46th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals at pick number 1,382 but decided to head to Florida.
As a freshman, he led the Gators with 17 starts with a record of 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 20 appearances tossing 97.1 innings. He finished second on the club with 69 strikeouts, trailing Alex Panteliodis (82) He led the SEC with a 2.63 ERA in conference games and was chosen Freshman of the Week twice, March 1 and April 12. He was honored as a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA.
As a sophomore, he went 11-3 with an ERA of 2.17 ranking fifth in the SEC. He had 73 strikeouts and 13 walks in a team-high 124.1 innings and held opponents to a .227 batting average. In SEC play, he went 6-3 with a 3.00 ERA and tossed complete games against South Carolina and Tennessee. He was named a quarterfinalist for the Pitcher of the Year Award while earning second-team All-South Region and second-team All-SEC recognition.
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