Prospect Q&A: 2018 Gavin Dugas

Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

Name: Gavin Dugas
School: Houma Christian
Position: INF
Grad Year: 2018
Commitment: Louisiana State

Scouting Report

A 5-foot-9, 180-pound infielder with a strong, athletic frame. Explosive athlete that posted a 6.68 60-yard dash. Solid defender with average hands, fluid footwork, clean exchange and plays through balls athletically. Short, loose arm action into high-3/4 release with accuracy and carry on throws that produced a positional velocity of 81 mph. Right-handed hitter that hits from balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, explosive lower half and quality balance. Line-drive, gap to gap type hitter with fluid rhythm, level path and explosive bat speed that produced an exit velocity of 95 mph. Also posted a 4.2 home to 1st.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?
Dugas: I really wanted to commit early in the process to allow me to focus on my academics and ACT score before attending that college.

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision? 
Dugas:  Being close to my family was always a goal of mine because having my family in the stands just gives you greater determination.

PBR: Where did the college you chose first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
Dugas: In the PBR all state games at LSU. Coach Andy and I just began to develop a good relationship about a month ago before my commitment. It all started with me calling him and after September 1, he was able to text me and we went from there.

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?
Dugas: Jake Slaughter. The way he carries himself on and off the field shows just how much he loves the game. I love the way he plays, and of course he can really hit and play defense. I can’t wait to play with him in a few years!

PBR: At what point in your career did you realize you were an elite player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?
Dugas: I never really have seen myself as an elite player. I see myself as the type of guy to work harder than the guy in front of me. At a very young age I knew I had a love for baseball. I have devoted every day to getting better.

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?
Dugas: Education was a big factor and LSU is very highly regarded for my major that I would like to study. Being able to compete on at a high level was another key point along with playing in t the best baseball atmosphere that I could and I believe that LSU offers all those things to me and then some.

PBR: What is your best attribute as a baseball player and how does that transfer onto the field for your team?
Dugas: I believe it is my work ethic. I believe this because it has helped me to stay disciplined as a player to carry myself on and off the field.

PBR: What part of your game needs the biggest improvement, why, and what will you do to improve it?
Dugas: Definitely on defense. I will work as hard as I possibly can to prove to the coaches and the team that I can handle the infield but if not I will work hard anywhere they put me.

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?
Dugas: Never be discouraged in any situation that you face. Adversity is your biggest enemy and how you respond to that will prove who you are as a player. Just play the game you love and have fun doing it. Don’t worry about whether this college didn’t like you or when will this college did not call me because when you start to do that then you start to lose the purpose as to why you play the game. 

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?
Dugas: A lot of cardio. Hit every day along with a lot of sprints

PBR: What do you like most about the college you committed to and what were the key factors in making your decision?
Dugas: LSU will give me the opportunity to develop as a player and be able to compete with and against the best college players in the country. The atmosphere is amazing and its home. I will be able to play every home game knowing that my family and friends are in the stands.

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your decision?
Dugas: Tulane was high on the list and pretty much the only school that I really had to decide between them and LSU.

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