Tide Juniors Taken In Baseball Draft

The consensus was that two juniors, pitcher Adam Morgan and centerfielder Taylor Dugas, would be the first Alabama players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft this week. That proved to be accurate on the draft's second day Tuesday.



Alabama lefthander Adam Morgan was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 120th pick overall in the third round in the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday afternoon, followed by Taylor Dugas being the 249th overall pick, taken by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round.

"For any team to take me in the third round as their top three picks, it's just amazing," Morgan said. "You work so hard all your life for this opportunity. I'm really excited that the Phillies picked me."

In three years at Alabama, the Murietta, Ga. native has a 16-14 record in 47 appearances. This season, Morgan posted a 5-7 record with a 4.64 earned run average.

He made 16 starts in 2011, throwing 97.0 innings with 77 strikeouts, 26 walks and a .278 opponent's batting average.

During his junior campaign, Morgan posted 11 outings of at least 6.0 innings, which included a complete game against Tennessee on April 16. He was the starting pitcher for two of Alabama's seven shutouts. He threw the first 5.1 innings in an 11-0 win over Alcorn State on Feb. 18 and the first 8.0 innings in a 4-0 win over LSU on May 7.

Taylor Dugas, a native of Lafayette, La., was a 2010 Baseball America All-America. He has a three-year career batting average of .365, which is the seventh best in the history of the baseball program. After leading the team with a career-high eight home runs in 2011, Dugas has 12 dingers for his career. Dugas appeared in 186 games with 184 starts over three seasons, appearing in the starting lineup the last 137 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season.

In 2011, Dugas was a second team All-SEC selection and was named to the conference's all-defensive team after committing just two errors in 175 chances. He led the club in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.349), hits (84), runs (60), walks (41), home runs (8), triples (4), slugging percentage (.564) and on-base percentage (.455).

Following his junior season, Dugas ranks in the top 10 all-time at Alabama in number of offensive categories. He ranks third in triples (11) and walks (127), is seventh in batting average (.365), doubles (55) and runs scored (189), and eighth all-time with 261 hits.

The MLB Draft continues through Wednesday with rounds 2-30 taking place on Tuesday and rounds 31-50 completing the draft on Wednesday. Complete coverage is available on MLB.com.

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