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Dugan now the top-ranked 2022 prospect in California

Photos by Ray Hamill – Nick Dugan, right, talks with catcher Parker Rodgers while playing for the Humboldt Eagles this past summer.

By Ray Hamill — St. Bernard’s baseball standout Nick Dugan continues to attract the attention of MLB scouts and on Tuesday was named the No. 1 overall junior prospect in all of California.

Dugan recently impressed scouts at a showcase event for underclass players in Florida with a dominating seven-inning complete-game performance against some of the top young hitters in the country, allowing just one bloop hit and striking out 12.

And according to PerfectGame.org, a highly-regarded baseball scouting website, Dugan is now the top overall prospect in California from the 2022 class and No. 10 overall in the nation.

“It was one of the bigger coming out parties for a player in recent memory when Nick Dugan took the mound,” Perfect Game recently posted of the St. Bernard’s player, adding that “The Stanford commit is going to see a massive rise in his stock as the outing he had at (the event) was nothing short of legendary.”

Dugan’s fastball consistently ranged from 90-95 MPH during the game.

Perfect Game has the 6-foot, 190-pound prospect listed as the No. 4 overall pitcher in the national class of 2022, and as the No. 2 right-handed pitcher.

The website ranks the top 500 overall prospects in the country for each class.

Dugan caught the attention of several college scouts after a sensational breakout summer with the Humboldt Eagles in 2019.

He received numerous scholarship offers from top Division-I programs before his sophomore year in high school, before verbally committing to play at Stanford.

He is, however, now expected to be among the top MLB Draft picks immediately after graduating high school and will have the opportunity to join the pro ranks if he chooses.

Dugan, who had his sophomore high school season canceled because of COVID-19, still has two seasons remaining with the Crusaders.

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