Kelly Dugan Set To Sign With Phillies

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, June 11, 2009 03:44 PM | Comments: 19
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KellyDuganKelly 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).

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  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Glad to see that they’re at least gonna be able to sign him…hopefully the same will be said for some of the other “signability” guys they drafted in later rounds. Anyone know what kinda money they’re talking here?

  • Posts: 0 EDGE

    I thought Sandler was a huge Yankees fan.

  • Posts: 0 Dave Hallahan

    Any pictures showing Sandler and James in the Phillies get up?

  • Posts: 0 Tony G

    Yeah.. We need to find pictures of Kevin James in Phillies Garb…. I remember seeing his fat unfunny face up on the big screen last season at Shea blubbering, “Let’s Go Mets”
    I hate King of Queens

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    hmm I love King of Queens, watching it now actually.

  • Posts: 0 Miles

    The kid doesn’t really look like much physically, but I’m excited to see what kind of tools he has got on a higher level. It’s hard to be as excited about him as you normally are for a first pick though because, well, he was more like a third round pick.

  • Posts: 0 Albert

    I love toolsy outfielders, great.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    He’s got a really nice swing… and like I said yesterday, how can you argue with drafting the son of the guy who directed, “Happy Gilmore?”

    Give it a little tappy tap tap taparoo.

  • Posts: 0 Phillie South

    The fathers name is Dennis. He was the star of the TV series “Richie Brockelman Private Eye” A ’70′s classic

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Welcome to the WFC Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 little man

    This kid was rated 275 in BA he was a reach at 75, but will sign cheaper than a lot of higher rated kid, that is why he was picked, signability. On talent there were a lot of better choices.

  • Posts: 0 Doug D.

    We all have to remember that only 2…maybe 3…4, if we’re really fortunate…draftees (out of 50 rounds) from any class ever make it to the big club. The Phils have shown a tremendous ability to DEVELOP the talent they are able to sign. So if a draftee doesn’t sign (which will happen to a good number of these 49 kids), it’s not that big a deal, as it would be in either football or basketball.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Oh I thought it was “Jimmy Dugan’s” son Hahaha. Gotta love “A league of their own”

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Pablo Ozuna has been suspended 50 games!

  • Posts: 0 The Little Guy

    Haha PabNOOOOO! haha

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    maybe that’s y he couldn’t be brought up ;)

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Could we say that the MLB’s revised drug restrictions and ban is working?

  • Posts: 0 little man

    doug very true but they took a lot of college senior with little upside. why I don’t know it makes no sense. If they sign colvin, singeleton then I am okay

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