Kelly Dugan, the newest member of the Philadelphia Phillie stable, is thrilled to be part of the championship franchise.
“We’re ecstatic. I felt from the get-go they were the best fit for me.”
Dugan, a switch-hitter, has moderate power, possibly enough for 20 homers per season, according to Phils Scouting Director Marti Wolever to Frank Seravalli. He will sign with the Phillies (he was expected to do so today) instead of attending Pepperdine University. Dugan was scouted heavily in the last few months, which partly pushed him toward playing professionally. And the Phils had a big push: Current special advisor and former general manager Pat Gillick sparked a working relationship with Dugan, as both attended Notre Dame High School in California.
“I first met Pat at a workout and he had realized that I went to Notre Dame. We got along right from the start, and he has been a great help.”
Seravalli’s article also touches on Dugan’s close relationship with the Happy Madison Production Co. Kelly’s father, Dennis Dugan, directed a few Adam Sandler movies (like “Happy Gilmore,” where you may remember him as head of the PGA Tour), and Kelly’s selection Tuesday even had Sandler and Kevin James donning Phillies apparel (both are staunch and noted Mets fans).