Hughston was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round with the 96th overall pick of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The selection made him the second-highest Alabama outfielder ever drafted in the program's storied history, behind only Joe Vitiello, who was selected with the seventh overall pick in 1991 by the Kansas City Royals.
CAREER ACCOLADES 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
SOPHOMORE (2015) Started all 60 games of his sophomore campaign in right field for the Crimson Tide … wrapped up the season batting .332 (78-235) with 14 doubles, four triples, six home runs 44 RBI and 39 runs scored while adding 22 walks and 12 stolen bases … led the team in hits and total bases (118) … reached base safely in 52 of the Tide’s 60 games … recorded a pair of eight-game hitting streaks while also collecting a six-game and five-game streak … began the season on an eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 13-24, batting .636 (21-33) with six doubles, a triple, two homers (one grand slam), a walk two hit-by-pitch, 15 RBI and 12 runs scored over the streak … collected seven multi-hit efforts and added at least one extra-base hit in seven of the eight games … recorded one or more runs in seven games and had at least one RBI in six contests during the season-opening streak … his second eight-gamer came from Feb. 18-March 14, with the sophomore batting .367 (11-30) with four doubles, one triple, a home run, six RBI, three runs scored, three walks and four stolen bases … collected a six-game hitting streak from April 17-25, owning a .333 (7-21) average with a triple, home run, four RBI, four runs scored and two walks across that time … batted .350 (7-20) with two doubles, three RBI, four runs, one walk and one stolen base over his five-game hitting streak from May 15-21. Maryland Eastern Shore (2/13-15): Finished the season-opening weekend going 11-for-13 (.846) and led the team in hits, doubles (3), total bases (16), runs scored (6) and slugging percentage (1.231) … reached base in 10 consecutive at-bats from Friday’s fifth inning in his third at-bat before his sac fly in the bottom of the fourth in Sunday’s game, falling just two at-bats short of the all-time record of 12 set by Emeel Salem (2006) and Mick Kerns (1991) … his five RBI in Sunday’s series finale were the first time since Jared Reaves recorded five against South Alabama on Feb. 26, 2011 … teaming with Kyle Overstreet in that finale, the two recorded five RBI apiece in the same game for the first time since Clay Jones and Brett Booth accomplished the feat against the University of Illinois Chicago on Feb. 27, 2010. Houston (2/20-22): Returned home from the weekend in Houston batting .583 (7-12) with three doubles, a home run – the Crimson Tide’s first round-tripper of 2015 – three RBI, five runs scored, a walk and a hit-by-pitch … his two doubles in Saturday’s contest marked the first time in his career that he had two extra-base hits in the same contest. Savannah State (2/24): Went 3-for-8 with four RBI and a run scored in the doubleheader with the Tigers … his four RBI came on his grand slam in game one of the twinbill, the Tide’s first and only grand slam of the season. Louisiana-Lafayette (2/27-3/1): Batted .333 (4-12) with three doubles, a triple, a trio of RBI, a walk and a stolen base against the Ragin’ Cajuns … knocked three doubles in game two of the weekend, marking the first time an Alabama player recorded three two-baggers in one contest since Alex Avila did it against Vanderbilt on April 22, 2006. Lipscomb (3/6-8): Closed out the weekend in Mobile batting .333 (4-12) with two RBI, one run scored and four stolen bases … swiped three bags in the series opener with the Bisons, making him the second Tide player during 2015 to accomplish the feat (also, Georgie Salem vs. Savannah State – Game 1, Feb. 24). Mississippi State (3/14-15): Finished the weekend in Starkville with two hits – including a home run – one RBI, two runs and four walks. Samford (3/17): Collected three hits, including his fourth home run of the season, while adding two RBI and a pair of runs against the Bulldogs. Florida (3/27-28): Recorded a 3-for-10 series in Gainesville with an RBI, run, four walks and a stolen base. UAB (3/31): Finished 2-for-5 with one run scored on a rainy night inside Regions Field. LSU (4/2-4): Batted .353 (6-17) with one run scored and one walk in the series with the third-ranked Tigers … had three hits apiece in the first two contests. Missouri (4/17-18): Recorded a trio of hits on the weekend in Columbia, including a home run in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader to help secure the 6-0 shutout win. Mississippi Valley State (4/21): Finished the pair of games at .500 (3-6) with a triple, RBI, two runs and two walks. Ole Miss (4/25-26): Collected three hits, two RBI and two runs for the weekend in Oxford … knocked a huge home run to right in the series finale with the Rebels to help secure the 13-4 win on getaway day. Alabama A&M (5/5): Batted .571 (4-7) with two doubles, a triple, two RBI, a pair of runs scored and one walk in the doubleheader. Mercer (5/12): In Huntsville, went 2-for-4 with a team-leading three RBI and added one stolen base. SEC Tournament: Wrapped up the conference tourney batting .333 (5-15) with two doubles, three RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base … led the Tide’s tournament efforts in doubles, total bases (7) and runs scored.
FRESHMAN (2014) Played in 52 games with 47 starts during his freshman campaign ... one of two Alabama players with multiple triples in 2014 ... in games against conference opponents, finished second on the team in batting average (.309) with one Alabama's two triples against SEC foes ... recorded the most home runs (four) by a Crimson Tide freshman since Austen Smith had five in 2011. Stephen F. Austin (2/21-23): Went 3-for-5 with two home runs, nine total bases, three RBI and two runs scored in the 8-0 win in the second game of the series ... the two-homer performance marked the first time a Tide baseball player went deep twice in the same game since Josh Rosecrans did it twice on March 13, 2012. Southern Miss (2/26): Singled and drew a walk against the Golden Eagles. Auburn (3/5): Delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning of the MAX Capital City Classic against the Tigers in Montgomery. Samford (3/11): Finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and runs scored against the Bulldogs. Kentucky (3/14-15): Hit safely in all three games against the 20th-ranked Wildcats, including his first career double in the series opener. Alcorn State (3/18-19): Posted his third multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 effort ... finished the two-game set against the Braves 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Troy (3/25): Hit the Tide's first grand slam of the season against the Trojans. Auburn (4/11-13): Delivered the game-winning RBI double along with two singles in the series win over the Tigers. Tennessee (4/18-20): Batted .417 (5-12) in the series at No. 29 Tennessee with a triple and two RBI. Jacksonville State (5/6): Belted his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the home contest against the Gamecocks. Mississippi State (5/15-17): Had a pair of hits in each of his two starts against the Bulldogs, batting .500 (4-8) with a double, RBI and run scored. Kennesaw State (6/1): Stroked a two-run double in the win over KSU at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
HIGH SCHOOLAND PERSONAL DATA Named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State team ... two-time first team all-area selection ... finished his senior season at Baker High School with a .406 batting average, seven home runs and 26 RBI ... helped the Hornets post a 34-11 overall record with a league-best 10-2 mark ... as a junior, earned Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association and was a First Team All-Area choice ... selected to play in the 2012 Alabama North-South All-Star Game ... member of the Columbia Blue squad for the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Event in 2012 ... participated in the 2012 East Coast Pro Showcase ... hit .391 as a junior with 16 doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI ... an all-state selection and first team all-area pick as a sophomore, batting .365 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 39 RBI ... his nine home runs in 2011 set a Baker High School record for a sophomore ... played for Westside in the Southeast Regional Little League World Series ... was a member of the National Honor Society at BHS ... son of Phillip and Patricia Hughston ... father attended The University of Alabama and his mother went to Jacksonville (Ala.) State ... has a younger sister, Mary Catherine ... born Casey Brannon Hughston on June 9, 1994, in Mobile, Ala.