Matt Duffy | SS, 23 yo, 6-2, 170, BR, TR | 2012 Draft – 18 | (A) 78 G, 339 PA, .307/.405/.418, .823 OPS, 4 HR, 22 SB, 6 CS, 45 BB, 41 K | (A+) 26 G, 115 PA, .292/.342/.509, .852 OPS, 5 HR, 3 SB, 1 CS, 7 BB, 16 K
Duffy was easily the most consistent hitter in Augusta last summer, but he really burst onto the scene after his promotion to San Jose. He’s a jack-of-all-trades type who can take a walk and swipe a bag, but I think I’m most impressed with his ability to drive the ball. Watch those videos – now that’s a pretty good-looking swing (and great bat speed!) for a guy billed as a light-hitting utility infielder out of college. He certainly wasn’t young for the SALLY, but he just seems like a guy who has confidence in his abilities, which we already saw with his move to San Jose. The reports say he can hold his own in the field while playing multiple positions as well.
I wrote a pretty detailed piece on Duffy last summer, and I have to admit I really like the guy’s game. If he can maintain his solid walk rates while stealing a few bags and adding even some gap power, he could become a valuable big leaguer down the road. A few have mentioned this already, but there’s a chance we’ll see him in Richmond next year. Can he get over the Eastern League hurdle? I’d say the former Dirtbag has a fighter’s chance.
They said it: “Duffy won’t wow you with tools, but he’s a hard-nosed player with a feel for the game and an approach at the plate…his type of profile often makes it in utility form. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.” ~ David Lee, Augusta Chronicle
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