With their first two picks, the Phillies selected 1B/OF Kelly Dugan and OF Kyrell Hudson. For some scouting reports and info, check below the fold.
Here’s BA’s pre-draft blurb on Dugan:
Switch-hitting first baseman Kelly Dugan has some power now in his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and projects to hit for more down the line, though he likely will wind up doing that at Pepperdine. He’s a solid runner at around 7.1 seconds over 60 yards and has decent arm strength, so he could give the outfield a try. He’s the son of actor/director/producer Dennis Dugan, who has worked frequently with Adam Sandler for years.
Just one more note
BA had him as #76 in California
PG had him as #236 overall
No matter how you slice it/apologize for the Phillies front office, this was a massive reach with much more accomplished talents still on the board. But whatever. Lets just enjoy last year’s draft class for what it was, a rare occurrence.
And with #106…
It’s a down year for Washington’s high school players, and teams have split opinions on the state’s top prep prospect. On pure athleticism, Kyrell Hudson rates as one of the best in this year’s class. He’s a lean but strong 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. His best tool is his speed, as he runs a 6.4-second 60-yard dash and can get from home to first in 4.3 seconds. If he attends Oregon State, he plans to play both baseball and football. The biggest question with Hudson is if he’ll hit. He’s raw, sometimes looks overmatched against good pitching and struggles to square balls up even in batting practice. There are more non-believers than believers, and as one scout put it, “I’ve still never seen a guy steal first base.” If the bat doesn’t develop, his arm is good enough that putting him on the mound could be a fallback option. On top of the questions about Hudson’s bat, scouts aren’t sure how much he likes baseball. At times he has shown up late to games, or he sits in the dugout while his teammates shag flyballs and doesn’t show any fire. One scout witnessed Hudson lollygagging a five-second time to first base on a groundball to the shortstop, with a team’s general manager in the stands. Hudson is a definite project, and some scouts wonder if he’ll be overwhelmed by the grind of a minor league season.
Ummm, yup, another toolshed with a very questionable hit tool. Sure, I’m not going to go nuts on the front office given their recent success, but keep in mind that Mike Arbuckle is no longer here to run these drafts. And as James consistently says, it’s one thing to take a raw guy with upside; it’s another thing entirely to consistently draft guys whose hit tool is a gigantic question mark. But let’s call it a night and see if things look better tomorrow, huh?