Golden Spikes Spotlight: Tulane’s Haskin Ready To Help Turn TideGolden Spikes Spotlight
Tulane outfielder Hudson Haskin was a Preseason All-American and is one of the premier players in college baseball.
But he wasn’t an overnight sensation.
Haskin, a 6-foot-2, 198-pounder, arrived to the Big Easy with at least some fanfare. He broke George Springer’s stolen base record at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut, and he was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 150 high school prospects by Prep Baseball Report. However, as with most first-year players, there was a learning curve and Tulane head coach Travis Jewett wasn’t sure what to expect from Haskin in his first season.
Jewett liked the tools and he certainly liked the potential. But slam dunk star from day one?
“I think it was [his immediate breakout], and with all due respect to him, a gradual progression throughout the fall and spring,” Jewett said about Haskin. “I looked at Hudson and thought we had a hyper athlete on our hands, and one who I thought would eventually be a good player. How fast? I wasn’t real sure.
“But he really works on it,” he continued. “He’s got a high, high care level. And he gets after it.:”
Everyone knows what happened what happened once the lights came on and Haskin’s freshman season began. As the Green Wave took a step forward with a 32-win campaign and led the American Athletic Conference in several offensive categories, Haskin was Kody Hoese’s right-hand man in the starting lineup. Though Hoese was the star and headliner, Haskin wasn’t far behind.
But again, just like the fall, there was a process for Haskin.
Jewett remembers a situation a few games into the season. Haskin wasn’t in the starting lineup the first few games of the 2019 campaign and approached Jewett.
“I didn’t play him the first few games last year, and it was kind of like one of those “when are you going to pull your head out of your armpit” type of moments,” Jewett said. “He was kind of like what do I have to do to play? I just told him to be ready when his name is called.
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