Kelly Dugan was taken with the 75th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft by the Phillies out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. A switch hitting outfielder, Dugan was committed to Pepperdine prior to the draft that year, but surprisingly signed quickly with the Phillies.
Dugan (6’3″, 195 pounds) projects as a power hitter, despite showing minimal power in limited playing time thus far in his minor league career. Since signing with the Phillies, he has just 1 homerun in 73 games played.
This past year, Dugan suffered a freak injury, when he was hit in the leg with a batted ball during batting practice in June, shortly after making his season debut with short-season Williamsport. His shin became infected and he developed a staph infection that required draining. Dugan was put on antibiotics and it was August before he healed and returned to action.
In his injury shortened season, Dugan posted a .366 average with a .981 OPS in 28 games with Williamsport and the Gulf Coast League Phillies. While those stats were surely the product of a small sample size, they are a step upward from his 2009 production, when he debuted, fresh out of high school, in the GCL and batted .233 with a .597 OPS in 45 games.
Local fans can expect to see Dugan in a Lakewood BlueClaws uniform in 2011. It will be interesting to see how the now 20-year-old Dugan can adapt to, and progress in, what should be his first full season of professional baseball.
Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league writer. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.