Former Cane Cutter Taylor Dugas is a sure-fire follow on his way to the Bigs.
Lafayette product Taylor Dugas is primed to make waves for the High-A Charleston RiverDogs this season. Dugas, who starred for the Cane Cutters during the franchise’s inaugural summer, is off to a sizzling start for his New York Yankees’ affiliate. Originally an 8th Round pick in 2012, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in hits (334), singles (235), doubles (67), and triples (18), posted a .306/.465 line in his first full professional season for Low-A Staten Island. After a promotion this offseason, Dugas has accumulated a .455 batting average while reaching base over fifty percent of his plate appearances so far in 2013.
In 2011 with the Cane Cutters, Dugas had one of the best Texas Collegiate League seasons to date en route to an All-Star appearance, All-TCL Team selection, and League MVP Award. Not only was he a dangerous hitter, posting a .336 average, he also showed patience with his pitch selection, collecting 34 free passes and only fanning a mere six percent of his at-bats. If Dugas wasn’t already enough of a nightmare for opposing pitchers at the dish, he would continue to apply pressure on the base paths. After the dust settled, Dugas’ 28 stolen bases solidified him for the second most swipes in the entire Texas Collegiate League.
Taylor Dugas joins Twins’ pitcher Joshua Burris as a former Cane Cutters’ star to keep tabs on as he works his way through the minors.
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