Yankees 2012 8th round draft pick: Taylor Dugas

With their eighth round pick (277th overall) in the MLB amateur draft, the Yankees selected Taylor Dugas, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound center fielder from the University of Alabama.

Dugas, a 22-year-old college senior, was drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 draft by the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs final offer, $300K wasn’t enough to entice him to join them and he went back to college for another year. Maybe he should have taken the money though because with a new CBA and the fact that he’s a senior, Dugas may end up with less than $300K.

Dugas is tiny and isn’t expected to hit for any power, but scouts like the patience he shows at the plate. He’s expected to stick at center field, but he isn’t fast enough or have a strong enough arm for any true Brett Gardner comparrisons.

This season he hit .343/.450/.498 with just two homers and eight stolen bases in 55 games. He actually walked more times (24) than he struck out (21) and he’s a plate crowder, getting beaned 18 times.┬áHe holds the school record for most career hits (334), singles (235), doubles (67), and triples (18). He passed his first base coach and former Yankee Andy Phillips for the school’s career hits record.

Here is a video of him hitting a walk-off home run:

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