Kelly Dugan

Name: Kelly Dugan

Position: OF
Bats: L
Throws: RH
DOB: 9/18/90 (20 as of April 1, 2011)
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 195 lbs
Drafted: 2nd round, 2009 ($485,000 bonus)

Pre Draft Report: Kelly Dugan was taken with the 75th overall pick (and the Phillies’ first pick) of the 2009 draft out of Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, CA.  By the time the 2009 draft came around, BA ranked Dugan as the 75th best prospect in California.  Its pre-draft report noted projectable power and his ability to run a 7.1/60 with a good arm, making a switch to the outfield possible.

Hit: Dugan has shown a decent feel for contact, especially after switching from switch hitting to being exclusively from his natural left handed side.  Dugan tends to work deep counts which has lead to high strikeout rates, and until AA, high walk rates.  Additionally, his bat to ball ability can be a bit lacking at times.  The biggest plus for Dugans future ability to hit is plus bat speed.  45/50

Power: Dugan has show solid power, hitting 20 home runs across two levels in 2013.  Dugan has a slight lower half and does not engage too well in his swing.  As he fills in a little more and continues to get more feel for contact it could be above average power. 45/55

Speed: Dugan is a smart runner but his speed is below average and unlikely to get faster in the future. 40

Glove: Dugan has a good feel for RF, and what he lacks in range, he makes up for in instincts and routes.  Overall he projects as an average defender in RF. 50

Arm: Dugan has a good arm, it is closer to above average arm strength but it is accurate and plenty enough for right field.  55

Summary: Dugan does not have any standout carrying tools but he is solid across the board.  Dugan does have a good feel for the game, so there is a chance the tools play slightly up across the board.  The likely outcome is second division regular or 4th outfielder.  If the plate discipline is closer to what it was in Clearwater in 2013 and he puts on a little muscle to add power, he could be an average regular.



The Future is Unwritten: Kelly Dugan – Crashburn Alley (Eric Longenhagen)

Update:  The oft-injured outfielder was outrighted off the 40-man roster on October 19, 2015 and elected free agency in November.  He signed with the Cubs and spent 2016 on their AAA team.  After the season, Dugan opted for free agency and signed a minor league contract with Arizona.

Profile Updated:  1/23/2017

3 thoughts on “Kelly Dugan

  1. Is he still switch-hitting, or returned to lefty hitting only?

    Instead of moving him to 1b, wouldn’t it be better if they moved him to 3b……..or back to the OF?

    If he hits from the left side only, IMO that reduces his value and also a waste since 1st base seems filled by Ryan/Singleton. Putting him at 1b means that he must show some good power soon. Can he do that? Hope he doesn’t turn out a wasted first draft choice.

    1. I think hes only at 1B to get him ABs. That OF is jam packed right now, so they may be using him at 1B with the intention of moving him back into the OF if he shows something with the bat.

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