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A Louisiana kid from Lafayette, Dugas was a two-way star at Teurling Catholic High School. He hit .518 with 19 homers and 51 doubles during his four years with the Rebels while also going 31-6 with 195 career strikeouts on the mound. Dugas hit .640 with ten homers and 34 steals (in 35 attempts) as a senior, earning him the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year award as well as numerous other honors. He was also a standout quarterback on the football team and thrice earned Academic Honor Roll status.
Despite his high school accomplishments, Dugas wasn’t considered much of a pro prospect because of his small frame. Baseball America (subs. req’d) did not rank him as one of the top 40 draft prospects in Louisiana in 2008 and no team rolled the dice in the draft. Dugas followed through on his commitment to Alabama after going undrafted, and he stepped right into the lineup to hit .352/.412/.479 with a team-leading 83 hits and 13 steals (in attempts) in 56 games as a freshman. The performance earned him freshman All-America honors.
Via K. Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees have officially signed seventh round pick RHP Taylor Garrison from Fresno State. Slot money for this pick is $145k, but Garrison likely signed for much less as one of those draft pool saving college senior picks. He’s a low-to-mid-90s fastball-cutter reliever with a curveball and changeup that he’ll probably scrap as a pro. I expect him to join Short Season Staten Island later this month.
In other news, eighth rounder OF Taylor Dugas has signed as well; his lady friend posted a picture of him signing his contract on Twitter. Slot money for this pick is just shy of $132k, but again he’s a draft pool saving college senior. Dugas is a speedy leadoff type out of Alabama, and earlier today we heard Keith Law say he “would be very surprised if (Dugas) didn’t hit his way to some kind of major-league role.” Expect him to join Garrison in Staten Island.
Also, 33rd rounder Saxon Butler has apparently signed based on his Twitter feed. I’m curious to see if the Yankees will use the left-handed masher from Samford at first base or behind the plate. All of New York’s picks can be seen at Baseball America.