TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – With the 277 overall selection in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft, Alabama center fielder Taylor Dugas (Lafayette, La.) was selected by the New York Yankees. Dugas is the first Crimson Tide player to be selected in this year’s draft.
A first team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2012, Dugas finished his senior campaign with a team-high .343 batting average. In addition to leading the 2012 club in batting average, Dugas also led the team in hits (71), runs (41), doubles (12), triples (7), and walks (24).
During SEC play, Dugas posted a .325 average, which included five doubles, four triples, two home runs and 16 RBI. He also hit a game-winning, walk-off home run against Auburn on Apr. 7, and was named the SEC Co-Player of the Week after posting a .461 (6-for-13) average against the Tigers.
In four years at Alabama, Dugas posted a career batting average of .360, which ranks seventh best in school history. He finished his career as the school’s all-time hits leader with 334, while setting the school records with 235 career singles, 67 career doubles, and 18 career triples. Additionally, he is second all-time in walks (151) and at-bats (927), third in runs scored (232) and fourth in on-base percentage (.466).
Dugas was a first team All-American in 2009 after hitting .395, while earning first team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. A 2011 American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Award winner in 2011, Dugas was a second team All-SEC selection and a SEC All-Defensive team honoree as a junior.
Dugas was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 249th overall pick in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, before returning to Alabama for his record breaking senior season.