Danny Duffy

Daniel Richard Duffy (born December 21, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Royals in 2011, and was a member of their 2015 World Series championship team.

Danny Duffy
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (23)
Duffy with the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals – No. 41
Born: December 21, 1988 (age 30)
Goleta, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 18, 2011, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through August 29, 2018)
Win–loss record53–54
Earned run average3.90
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Duffy attended Cabrillo High School located in Vandenberg Village, California, where he pitched for the school's baseball team and also played basketball.[1] For the baseball team, Duffy had a 5–3 win–loss record, a 0.60 earned run average (ERA), and 127 strikeouts in ​58 23 innings pitched in his senior year.[2][3]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The Kansas City Royals drafted Duffy in the third round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career that season with the Arizona Royals of the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he pitched in 11 games and had a 1.45 ERA.[2]

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (23) (5760918726)
Duffy with the Royals in 2011

The Royals promoted Duffy to Burlington Bees of the Class-A Midwest League in 2008, where he had an 8–4 record and a 2.20 ERA in 17 starts.[2] He was named Burlington's Pitcher of the Year.[4] In 2009, Duffy started 24 games for the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class-A Advanced Carolina League. He was named a Carolina League All-Star, and finished the season with a 9–3 record and a 2.98 ERA.[4] Duffy represented the Royals in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game, where he pitched ​23 scoreless innings.[4]

The Royals invited Duffy to spring training in 2010. However, Duffy abruptly retired from baseball in March 2010, at the age of 21. He informed J. J. Picollo, the Royals' assistant general manager of scouting and player development, that he wanted to "reassess his life priorities".[4] The move reminded many of Zack Greinke's departure from the Royals' camp in 2006.[4] Realizing that he missed the game of baseball, Duffy decided to return to the Royals in June, and showed up at the extended spring training in Surprise, Arizona.[2] Later that season, Duffy pitched for Wilmington, the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, and Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Class-AA Texas League. Duffy went 5–2 with a 2.95 ERA in seven regular-season starts for the Naturals, and 1–0 with a 1.69 ERA in two playoff games, as the Naturals won the Texas League championship. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League after the season.[5]

Heading into the 2011 season, Baseball America rated Duffy the 68th best prospect in baseball.[6] The Royals again invited Duffy to spring training.[7] Duffy began the 2011 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). With Omaha, Duffy was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 25 – May 1.[8] Duffy pitched to a 3–1 record and 3.00 ERA in seven starts for Omaha, recording 43 strikeouts while only walking 10 and allowing 30 hits in 36 innings.[5] The Royals promoted Duffy to Major League Baseball (MLB), and he made his MLB debut on May 18, 2011.[5] He gave up two runs in four innings; he did not earn a decision in the 5–4 loss to Texas. He recorded his first MLB win on June 14, going six innings in a win over the Oakland Athletics. Duffy finished the 2011 season with a 4–8 record and 5.64 ERA in 20 MLB starts.[9]

Kansas City Royals


After signing a contract for $487,750 prior to the 2012 season,[9] Duffy competed for, and won, a spot in the starting rotation during spring training.[10][11][12]

Duffy made six starts in 2012 before suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow that required Tommy John surgery on June 13, 2012.[13] Prior to being sidelined, Duffy had a 2-2 record with an ERA of 3.90.[13] On November 2, 2012, the Royals reinstated Duffy from the 60-day disabled list; however, he was not expected to return to pitching for the Royals until late June or early July.[13]

Duffy signed a one-year $505,125 contract on February 20, 2013.[14] On May 26, 2013, Duffy began a rehab assignment with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. On June 6, the rehab assignment was changed to the Omaha Storm Chasers. He was optioned to Omaha at the end of the rehab period on June 25. Duffy was recalled from Omaha on August 7, and returned on August 8. He was recalled on August 16 to start the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

On March 2, 2014, Duffy signed a one-year $526,000 contract.[14] During spring training in 2014, Yordano Ventura won the final spot in the Royals' starting rotation over Duffy. However, when Bruce Chen went down with a back injury early in the season, Duffy took over his spot in the rotation.[15] He posted a 9-12 record with a 2.53 ERA over ​149 13 innings.[16]

Duffy pitched to a 4.08 ERA during the 2015 season.[17] In the 2015 World Series, Duffy made three relief appearances as the Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games to win the World Series championship.


On January 15, 2016, Duffy signed a one-year, $4.225 million contract with the Royals for the upcoming season.[18] He began the season as a relief pitcher, but rejoined the Royals' starting rotation in May.[19] On August 1, 2016, Duffy set the Royals' record for most strikeouts in a single game with a 16-strikeout performance against the Tampa Bay Rays.[20] In that game, Duffy carried a no-hitter into the eighth, losing it on a leadoff double by Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays.[21]

He finished the 2016 season with a 12–3 record and a 3.51 ERA, while also increasing his strikeouts per 9 innings pitched ratio to 9.4.[19] He had the highest zone percentage of all major league pitchers, with 49.8% of his pitches being in the strike zone.[22]

On January 16, 2017, Duffy signed a five-year contract extension with the Royals worth $65 million.[23]

On April 3, 2017, Duffy was the starting pitcher against the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day. He pitched six innings, throwing eight strikeouts, allowing three hits and three walks.[24] On May 30, Duffy was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a Grade 1 oblique strain.[25] On August 26, Duffy was again placed on the 10-day disabled list due to left elbow impingement.[26]

He finished the regular season in 2017 with a 9-10 record and an era of 3.81. He pitched 24 games (146.1 innings) all as a starter.[27]

In 2018 he was 8-12 with a 4.88 ERA in 155 innings over 28 starts.[27] He was 2nd in the American League in wild pitches (14), and 7th in walks (70).[27]

International career

Duffy pitched for the United States national baseball team in the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in the 2010–11 offseason,[5] and in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Personal life

His father, Dan, is an investigator for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. His mother, Deanna, worked as a California Highway Patrol officer. She played softball, and throws batting practice for Danny.[1]

On August 27, 2017, Duffy was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after passing out in the drive-thru of a Burger King in Overland Park, Kansas. At the time of his arrest, he was on the disabled list due to his elbow injury and was not traveling with the Royals.[28][29] He entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to one year of probation in January 2018.[30]


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  2. ^ a b c d Wild, Danny. "Royals prospect Duffy returns to club". Indianapolis.indians.milb.com. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Danny Duffy Named to Team USA". Lompocrecord.com. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
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  6. ^ "Baseball America 2011 Top 100 Prospects". Baseballamerica.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "Royals invite Danny Duffy to Spring Training | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles". KSBY.com. January 3, 2011. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Danny Duffy earns first honor at Triple-A level | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles". KSBY.com. May 2, 2011. Archived from the original on March 19, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals agree to 1-year contract – ESPN". Espn.go.com. February 28, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  10. ^ Dutton, Bob. "Yost: Paulino, Duffy have a leg up in competition for rotation spots". KansasCity.com. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  11. ^ Dutton, Bob. "Royals finalize roster with Teaford, Herrera and Collins in bullpen". KansasCity.com. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  12. ^ Dutton, Bob (March 31, 2012). "Royals' top question is how rotation performs". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c Kaegel, Dick (January 22, 2013). "Duffy will do whatever Royals need upon return". MLB.com via KC Royals official team website. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Spotrac.com. "Danny Duffy". Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  15. ^ McCullough, Andy (2014-05-02). "Danny Duffy may be struggling, but his desire to win runs deep". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  16. ^ Dodd, Rustin (2016-08-20). "How Danny Duffy became the Royals' next homegrown ace". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  17. ^ Mellinger, Sam (2016-08-23). "Mellinger Minutes: Duffy's Cy Young obstacle, the promise of the Chiefs' offense and more". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  18. ^ Rieper, Max (January 15, 2016). "Royals come to terms with Dyson, Cruz, Coleman, avoid arbitration". Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Gardner, Steve (2017-01-20). "Eric Hosmer exemplifies Royals' need to evolve on offense". USA Today. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  20. ^ Flanagan, Jeffrey (2016-08-01). "Danny Duffy strikes out 16, sets Royals record". MLB.com. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  21. ^ "Danny Duffy almost threw one of the most dominant no-hitters in MLB history". Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  22. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Pitchers » Plate Discipline Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  23. ^ Dodd, Rustin (2017-01-16). "Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  24. ^ Campbell, Dave (April 4, 2017). "Sano, Santana steer Twins past Royals 7-1 to start season". AP News. Archived from the original on April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  25. ^ Flanagan, Jeffrey. "Danny Duffy out 6-8 weeks with strained oblique". MLB. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  26. ^ Flanagan, Jeffrey. "Danny Duffy placed on DL with elbow impingement". MLB. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  27. ^ a b c Danny Duffy Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
  28. ^ "Royals pitcher Danny Duffy charged with DUI". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  29. ^ Barnett, Daniel. "Royals' pitcher Danny Duffy arrested for DUI in Overland Park". Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  30. ^ KC Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pleads guilty to DUI, on probation | The Kansas City Star

External links

2007 Major League Baseball draft

The 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players and was held on June 7, 2007 and June 8, 2007. The first day session of the draft included the first 25 rounds and was scheduled to be broadcast "live" from Orlando, Florida on television for the first time, on ESPN2 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm Eastern Daylight Time (1800–2200 UTC). Previously the conference call format draft was broadcast live, along with commentary, on both draft days exclusively from the MLB.com website as streaming audio. In total, the draft featured 50 rounds and 1453 selections.

2013 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2013 was the 45th for the Royals franchise which began on April 1, 2013 against the Chicago White Sox.

After a winning record in spring training (setting a team and MLB record), the Royals remained over .500 nearly most of April during regular season play. The team also didn't commit an error in their first seven games (for 64 2/3 innings) for the first time in team history. On September 22, the Royals won their 82nd game of the season, to clinch their 2nd winning season since 1994 and first since 2003.

2014 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2014 was the 46th for the Royals franchise. On September 26, 2014 the Royals clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1985. They began the post-season by defeating the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Game and sweeping both the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, becoming the first team in Major League history to win their first 8 postseason games in a row. They lost to the San Francisco Giants in seven games in the 2014 World Series.

2014 World Series

The 2014 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 season. The 110th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants and the American League (AL) champion Kansas City Royals. The series was played between October 21 to 29. The Giants defeated the Royals four games to three to clinch their third World Series championship in a five-season span (2010–14), and their third overall since the club's move to San Francisco from New York. It was the Giants' eighth World Series championship in franchise history.

The Giants won Game 1 behind a strong pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner while the Royals won Games 2 and 3 as their pitchers limited San Francisco to 2 runs per game. The Giants won Games 4 and 5, thanks to 11 runs in Game 4 and Bumgarner's complete game shutout in Game 5. Kansas City tied the series in Game 6, shutting out San Francisco and scoring 10 runs, which forced a Game 7. The Giants won the final game, 3–2, thanks to timely hitting, including the game-winning RBI by Michael Morse to score Pablo Sandoval. Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings in relief on two days' rest to clinch the championship, claiming the series MVP award.

2015 American League Championship Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals previously rallied from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

The Royals would go on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship in 30 years.

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Larry Carter

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After his playing career was completed, Carter began work as a pitching coach within the Kansas City Royals minor league system. 2015 will be Carter's 18th season in the Royals organization including 11 years at the Double-A level, with Wichita (2002–07) and Northwest Arkansas (2008–12).

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