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Plum's Scott McGough Taken By Los Angeles Dodgers In Fifth Round Of MLB Draft

Plum High School graduate Scott McGough was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

McGough, a righty pitcher who is now a junior at the University of Oregon, struck out 62 batters in 57.2 innings this year for the Ducks while picking up five saves.

In 2008, the Pirates picked him in the 46th round of the draft, but didn’t sign him. The Pirates had discussions with McGough before this year’s draft, and he was open to being drafted by them again, but the Dodgers got to him first.

McGough has the option of going back to Oregon for another year if he doesn’t get an offer he likes from the Dodgers:

McGough said he is in a good position as a college junior, and he knows that if the situation is not right with the pro team that drafts him, he can opt to return to Oregon for his senior academic year and final season on the diamond in 2012.

“It’s a good position to be in,” he said.

One would think, however, that the promise of fifth-round money will be enough to get him to sign. Congratulations to McGough.

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