Second-round pick Kelly Dugan grew up on movie sets
|After having extra picks last year, the Phillies had no first-rounder and had to wait until pick 75 to take their first selection, slugging 1B/OF Kelly Dugan. Athletic Oregon State football recruit Kyrell Hudson (third round) fits the organization's affinity for toolsy, raw players. RHP Brody Colvin (seventh), 1B Jonathan Singleton (eighth) and C Andrew Susac (16th) could make the class if they pass up their college commitments.
PHILADELPHIA—The Phillies shouldn't ever have to worry about Kelly Dugan
becoming star struck.
Dugan, the team's top pick in the draft, grew up around Adam Sandler
and other famous comic actors. His father, Dennis Dugan
, is a well-known Hollywood director with films such as Happy Gilmore to his credit.
Kelly Dugan, 18, is a switch-hitting center fielder from Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder hit .379 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs and added 13 doubles in 95 at-bats this season.
Dugan began to get heavy attention this spring and the Phils were one of the first teams on him. He worked out for Phillies officials in Los Angeles in April and again in Philadelphia two days before the draft. The Phils lost their first-round pick to the Mariners for signing Raul Ibanez
. When they're turn came up in the second round, they grabbed Dugan at No. 75 overall.
"He was the highest on our board when our pick came up," scouting director Marti Wolever
said. "We were thrilled to get him. He's a good looking switch-hitter with average speed and an average arm. We think he has a chance to stay in center field and be a 20-homer guy. He's got some pop, especially from the left side."
Wolever compared Dugan's body to the Marlins 's Jeremy Hermida
The Phils got to know Dugan well during several visits.
"His makeup was a huge separator for us," Wolever said. "We think over the years guys with great makeup really achieve what they're supposed to."
Dugan had committed to Pepperdine, but signing doesn't appear to be an issue.
"He wants to play," Wolever said.
Dugan hit several balls out of Citizens Bank Park during a pre-draft workout.
"I just hope someday I can do it again," he told the Philadelphia Daily News. "It's really a dream come true. The Phillies were my No. 1 choice. I want to be a Phillie."
• The Phils took highly athletic centerfielder Kyrell Hudson
(Evergreen, Wash., High) in the third round and hope to woo him out of a football/baseball commitment to Oregon State.
• In the 14th round, they took center fielder Jacob Stewart
, a five-tool talent, out of Rocky Mountain (Colo.) High. Stewart slid in the draft because he has a Stanford commitment. Signing him would be a coup.