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Danny Duffy | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Danny Duffy pitched seven-plus innings and held the Tigers to one run in a victory Thursday.
The Royals were up 8-0 after seven, but rather than turn to the pen, manager Ned Yost decided to stick with Duffy for some reason. He gave up a triple and an RBI single right off, ending his night. It's not like Duffy had any chance of pitching the ninth and going for the shutout, so why send him out for the eighth? This is a pitcher who has had Tommy John surgery and was limited to 149 1/3 innings last year, meaning the Royals will probably need to exercise some caution with him if they want him to contribute in September and October this year (he wasn't really able to last year). Apr 30 - 11:37 PM

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Danny Duffy delivered a strong outing in Friday's no-decision against the White Sox, allowing just an unearned run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Duffy punched out three and walked one in the contest. The only damage against him came on an RBI ground out by Tyler Flowers in the fourth inning, scoring Alexei Ramirez who had reached on an error. Duffy will bring a 4.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 16/7 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's outing against the Indians in Cleveland.
Apr 25 - 12:08 AM

Danny Duffy pitched five innings of two-run ball in Sunday's win over the A's.

While Duffy allowed just four hits and struck out five, he also handed out five free passes. The two runs came courtesy of Ben Zobrist, who hit him up with an RBI single in the third and an RBI single in the fifth. Duffy's 1.112 WHIP last season would seem to indicate that the walks will come down eventually, though it should be noted that prior to 2014, he had never put up a WHIP lower than 1.35. We don't see him as mixed-league dependable at the moment, but he's a pitcher who could trend in a positive direction over the course of the season. He'll toe the mound against the White Sox next.
Apr 19 - 6:15 PM

Danny Duffy gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 12-3 win over the Twins on Monday.

Duffy ran out of gas toward the end, giving up a home run to Trevor Plouffe in his final inning of work, but it was an improvement over his season debut against the White Sox last week. It helps that the Twins are terrible, but we'll take it. Duffy fanned three and walked one in the win. We wouldn't count on him every time out in mixed leagues, but he's certainly capable of emerging this season. He'll get the Athletics at home this weekend.
Apr 13 - 7:31 PM

Danny Duffy took a no-decision in Wednesday's start against the White Sox, surrendering five runs in five innings of work.

Most of the damage came in the second inning, when Tyler Flowers skied a three-run home run to left field. Overall, the left-hander allowed eight hits, walked none, and struck out five. Duffy, 26, was tremendous for the Royals last season, posting a 2.53 ERA in 149 1/3 innings. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect nearly that much success this season. He'll take the mound next in Minnesota against the Twins.
Apr 8 - 11:34 PM

Danny Duffy struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The southpaw was victimized for two home runs accounting for all four runs, and he gave up seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. Duffy has a 4.91 ERA this spring but owns a spot in the Royals' starting rotation to open the season. He's an upside play for AL-only owners looking for cheap pitching.
Mar 28 - 8:16 PM

Danny Duffy held the Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

Duffy allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two on the afternoon. He's had middling spring results, but he should be firing on all cylinders by the time the regular season starts. The lefty posted a fantastic 2.53 ERA last season along with a 113/53 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 6:53 PM

Danny Duffy was outstanding in Tuesday's Cactus League start against the Cubs, allowing just one run on three hits over four innings.

The young left-hander walked a pair and punched out five on the day. He's locked into a spot in the Royals rotation coming off a tremendous 2014 season and looks to be a terrific value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Mar 17 - 11:29 PM

Danny Duffy yielded three runs in his two innings in Thursday's 10-5 victory over the Indians.

The Indians scored in both of Duffy's innings, including two in the second inning on Roberto Perez's home run. Overall, Duffy allowed six hits with no walks and one strikeout. The lefty was quite good for the Royals last season, finishing with a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts and six relief appearances. He shouldn't be expected to post a sub-3.00 ERA in 2015, however.
Mar 12 - 7:45 PM

Danny Duffy reported to camp at 212 pounds -- 17 pounds heavier than he was last season.

It's good weight, as Royals manager Ned Yost said Duffy is in "the best shape I’ve ever seen him in." The idea behind adding the weight is to hold up better over the course of a long season after Duffy had shoulder and oblique issues late last year. His goal in 2015 is to pitch 200 innings. "I just feel healthier," he said. "I feel, overall, just better. I don’t feel like I’m wiry anymore. I feel like I’m filled out and ready to go."
Feb 22 - 9:57 AM

Royals and LHP Danny Duffy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.425 million contract.

It's a shade over the midpoint of figures exchanged last month. Duffy was excellent for the Royals last season, putting up a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 113/53 K/BB ratio over 149 1/3 innings. He'll be a big part of Kansas City's rotation again in 2015.
Feb 6 - 12:15 PM

Danny Duffy requested $3 million and was offered $1.75 million from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 26-year-old southpaw has dealt with many injuries over the years, but was extremely impressive in 149 1/3 innings in 2014, posting a 2.53 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 113/53 K/BB ratio. MLBTradeRumors.com falls on Duffy's side in this battle, projecting him to earn $2.6 million.
Jan 16 - 10:39 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost acknowledged after the World Series that Danny Duffy was held out of the postseason rotation because of a stress reaction in his rib cage.

The injury didn't bother Duffy in short relief stints, but the pain would catch up to him if he went more than two or three innings. Duffy wound up making three relief appearances during Kansas City's deep postseason run, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. He'll be a big part of the club's starting rotation in 2015.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Ned Yost said Friday that Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie are all likely to be available out of the bullpen for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Friday.

That is provided that the rain holds off long enough for the two teams to play. With the potential rain in the forecast though, the ability to have several arms ready to throw multiple innings is a benefit for the Royals.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Danny Duffy will be available out of the Royals' bullpen for the first few games of the ALDS.

If he's not needed in those games, the left-hander could start Game 4 against the Angels. Duffy posted a sensational 2.53 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 149 1/3 innings during the regular season but he topped out at 93 1/3 frames between the minors and majors in 2013, so the Royals are trying to be careful with the 25-year-old.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 05:33:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
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2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Brandon Finnegan
11Tim Collins