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Baseball: Dugan thrilled to join the Philadelphia Phillies

June 9, 2009 |  9:32 pm

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has been on a roll in sending players to the professional ranks, so the Philadelphia Phillies selected Notre Dame outfielder Kelly Dugan in the second round Tuesday.

Dugan apparently had a supporter in an ex-Notre Dame student, Pat Gillick, the former general manager of the Phillies who is serving as an advisor to the team. Gillick was at a workout Dugan had with the Phillies.

"We're ecstatic," Dugan said. "I felt from the get-go they were the best fit for me."

Dugan signed with Pepperdine but he appears ready to start a professional career, joining ex-Notre Dame standout Mike Stanton and several others who have either reached the major leagues or are trying to get there.

-- Eric Sondheimer