Prep Baseball Report

Commitment Q&A With Kansas State Signee Hudson Byrd

By: Diego Solares
Central Region Media Director, Area Scout

RHP Hudson Byrd (Blue Valley, 2024) is a 6-foot-6, 195-pound athlete with noticeable upside on the mound. Byrd, who represented Kansas at the PBR Future Games in 2022, is one of the top prospects in the state's senior class, currently slotted at No. 14 overall on our rankings. 

Byrd's an easy, athletic, and controlled mover downhill with an upper-80s fastball that should take a jump as his frame continues to mature physically. In the past, we've seen Byrd land a tight breaking ball for strikes and he's also comfortable throwing a fading changeup to left-handed hitters.

Recently our staff talked to the future Wildcat on why he chose Kansas State, his recruitment process as a whole, what he was looking for in a school, and more. You'll find that chat below.


PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Byrd: I was looking for a program that’s big on culture and family. I feel like K-State is huge on both of those things, so it made it pretty easy for me.

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?

Byrd: Yes, for me it was important for my entire family to come watch me play at a drivable distance. 

PBR: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Where did the school you committed to first see you play?

Byrd: It really started to heat up after my freshman summer and sophomore fall. K-State first saw me throw my 15U summer.

PBR: What do you like most about the program you chose, and what were the key factors in making your decision?

Byrd: I love how driven the entire program is on becoming better baseball players, and also better people. The culture that Coach Hughes has established at K-State, which made it super easy for me to want to come play for him.

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?

Byrd: Purdue & Ohio State.

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state? What about them makes for a tough opponent?

Byrd: 1B Jack Jones (Shawnee Mission East, 2024; Tennessee signee). He’s one of the best pure hitters I’ve ever seen my age. He just looks scary in the box.

PBR: At what point in your career did you realize you were a college-caliber player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?

Byrd: After I stopped hitting, once I started to focus primarily on pitching that’s when I made my biggest jump.

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

Byrd: Never let anyone tell you your dreams are too big.

PBR: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

Byrd: Hitting bombs in Cooperstown when I was 12.

PBR: Preview your high school team's season for us. How do you feel your team will be?

Byrd: I feel like we are going to be pretty good, we have a loaded pitching staff and I think we can make a deep run this year.