Danny Duffy leaves the organization
Danny Duffy has informed teammates and told the Royals that he is walking away from the game. I will give you more details as I get them but I was told by someone close to the situation that he had lost his love of the game and wanted to go back to school.
Certainly this is a shocking development in the Royals prospects world and equally tough for the Royals brass who could not comment on this situation. (I can’t blame them considering the circumstances)
Danny has a bright future in baseball and pitched for the Royals last season in the futures game in St.Louis…regarded as one of the best prospects in the system this is a huge loss if he stays away from the game.
One can hope that he will take the time that he would have missed anyway and can re-group and find that love again while taking the mound as planned for the Naturals in June.
I am a big fan of Danny and have met and visited with him a few times and I know this is a kid from a solid family back ground that might just be a little lost right now.
He has shown signs of being unique throughout his young career…people that follow me might remember last season when he threw a slider in the midwest league all star game. Why is this signifigant? Because the Royals minor leaguers do not throw this pitch until they get to AA. If you read reports on that game you can find scouts raving about this pitch which is a very good one for Danny…I guess I am saying that he knew he had this pitch in his back pocket and wanted to show it off…which he did
People have said that Duffy mirrors Greinke in several ways (both are a bit quirky¬†and unique)…he changes speeds with the best of them and does not realize he is even doing it. I guess, he and Greinke now have something else in common…They have both walked away from the game…Let’s hope Danny comes back and reaches his potential like Zack did…
this is what I wrote about him after the 2009 season:
I am a big fan of Danny Duffy. He is a kid who has tremendous want and I appreciate that in any athlete. He is interesting because he has the ability to change speeds and keep hitters on their toes. Those are qualities that will only help him as he matures. He has put up some big numbers as he has struck out 290 batters in 242 career professional innings. He represented the Royals in the Futures Game in St. Louis and pitched in the Carolina League All-Star Game. I expect him to continue to make his way to the big leagues as a 21 year old for AA next season. He pitched well this year at High-A Wilmington as a 20-year-old going 9-3 with a 2.98 ERA in 127 innings pitched with 125 strikeouts and only 41 walks. An American League scout says Duffy is “another intriguing lefty arm. Fastball topped out at 93 for me and sat anywhere between 87-93. Would like to see more consistent velocity. Both secondary pitches could end up plus offerings. Throws a big curveball that is a little reminiscent of Zito, though not on that level. Curveball has a lot of action and nice separation from fastball. Control/command should improve with maturity. See ceiling as a mid-rotation guy.”
this is what I wrote about Danny after the 2008 season:
This kid from Lompoc, California is a tough kid. The son of a Santa Barbara County Sherrif‚Äôs dept. corrections officer and Cabrillo High (Danny‚Äôs alma mater) baseball coach for 20 years¬†, Duffy was only 5‚Ä≤4 entering high school. He never let his size deter his love of the game and was one of So Cals premiere pitching prospects entering his senior year. Duffy can mix his fastball and curve balls with varying velocity and this has led many to believe he has the change to be an elite left handed starter. 2009¬†expectation¬†SP with high A Wilmington
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