While filling the positional gaps in the organization would have been nice, the Phillies decided to keep to their draft modus operandi in the 2009 amateur draft: They chose the best player available.
So even with a glutton of outfielders in the system, the Phillies made Kelly Dugan - a switch-hitter from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. - their first pick with the 75th overall selection in the second round.
"He was our best option at this point in time," Phillies scouting director Marti Wolever said. "We had him very high on our board, we didn't know if he would be available."
It was Dugan's ability to attack pitchers from both sides of the plate and his personality traits that made him so attractive to the Phillies.
"The breaking balls are always going to be coming at him instead of away from him," Wolever said. "He has the chance to hit from both sides with power. He has a great swing with a great approach.
"But his make-up is what separates him. It was a pretty unanimous decision in our draft room."
The 6-3, 205-pound Dugan has committed to Pepperdine University in the fall, but the Phillies are confident that they will be able to reach a deal with him by the Aug. 15 signing deadline.
"We had a chance to meet him last weekend, he came to [Philadelphia] for a workout," Wolever said. "We think we can get this done. His family came here and they were very cordial and receptive.
"We are very pleased. We think he is a very good fit."