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Danny Duffy | Relief Pitcher | #41

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/21/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 3 (0) / KC
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Danny Duffy started and pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday against the White Sox.
The biggest problem for Duffy on Saturday afternoon was that he wasn't rewarded for his good work, being removed after 63 pitches as he continues to build up his stamina. The no-decision doesn't take away from the fact that he was once again strong, scattering four hits without walking a batter and striking out three. In two starts he's pitched a combined 7 1/3 scoreless, giving him a 2.13 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through 25 1/3 innings overall. He'll have another crack at these White Sox -- and that elusive first win -- on Thursday. May 21 - 5:19 PM

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Danny Duffy will be limited to around 60 pitches for Saturday's start against the White Sox.

Duffy continues to fill in for injured starter Kris Medlen, though he isn't yet stretched out and can't work deep into the ballgame. For that reason alone, he's an avoid in all daily formats and doesn't make for an attractive streaming option.
Source: MLB.com
May 21 - 9:10 AM

Danny Duffy will start Sunday against the White Sox.

He's filling in for Kris Medlen, who was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Duffy hasn't made a start since September 16, so he'll be limited to 45-50 pitches. It's going to be a bullpen game for the Royals.
May 12 - 4:28 PM

After officially losing out on a rotation spot, Danny Duffy worked two hitless innings Saturday in the Royals' 5-2 win over the Athletics.

Duffy will likely prove to be one of the Royals' five-best starters this year, but since he probably wasn't going to get through 200 innings anyway, it's not so bad that he's starting off in the pen. He just needs to make sure he stays ahead of Chien-Ming Wang and Dillon Gee for any rotation spots that open up.
Mar 27 - 12:55 AM

Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star writes that "it appears increasingly likely" that Danny Duffy will open the season in the bullpen.

Duffy is still technically competing for a rotation spot, and the Royals will keep him stretched out for now just in case. However, he's virtually locked into a relief role with Chris Young and Kris Medlen expected to fill the last two spots in the rotation. Duffy tossed 8 1/3 scoreless frames with a 12/2 K/BB ratio late last season after moving to the bullpen.
Mar 20 - 10:16 AM

Danny Duffy allowed one run over three innings of relief Thursday against the White Sox.

The one run was a solo homer via Brett Lawrie. He struck out a pair and walked none. Duffy is vying for a spot in the Royals’ rotation this spring after posting a 4.08 ERA over 24 starts and six relief appearances last season. He’s likely behind Kris Medlen and Chris Young on the depth chart.
Mar 10 - 6:20 PM

Danny Duffy allowed three runs on five hits over two relief innings Saturday against the White Sox.

Duffy also walked a batter in his Cactus League debut. The southpaw is vying for one of the final spots in the Royals' starting rotation, so it was a less-than-optimal showing. He'll have more chances to make an impression over the next month.
Mar 5 - 7:58 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost on Friday wouldn't commit to who will serve as his No. 4 and No. 5 starters this season.

Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Ian Kennedy are locked into the first three spots, but there will be a competition in spring training to fill out the rest of the rotation. "We’ll see," Yost said. "Again, I’ve got a lot of confidence in Chris Young; I’ve got a lot of confidence in Kris Medlen. Danny Duffy is a guy, as we saw last year, he could be very valuable out of the pen. He could be very valuable as a starter, too." Based on that response, it sounds like Duffy might be the most likely of the group to wind up in the bullpen. He arguably has the most upside of the three pitchers, but the southpaw has been inconsistent in the rotation and was dominant last season after a move to relief, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless frames with a 12/2 K/BB ratio.
Jan 31 - 10:10 AM

Royals and LHP Danny Duffy avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.225 million contract.

It's almost a $2 million raise from last season despite Duffy's disappointing 4.08 ERA in 2015. He'll get another shot in the rotation in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen late last year.
Jan 15 - 2:45 PM

Danny Duffy has been moved to the bullpen.

Duffy got torched for four runs in just 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Royals' loss to the Indians and is now sporting a 4.35 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 128 1/3 total frames this season. Jeremy Guthrie will move back into the rotation.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 03:50:00 PM

Danny Duffy lasted only 2 1/3 innings, serving up four runs in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

Francisco Lindor did most of the damage, hitting a solo home run in the first inning and adding a two-run single in a three-run second. Duffy allowed six hits and walked two while striking out three. The Royals are now in danger of suffering a four-game series sweep if they lose to the Indians on Thursday. Duffy has a 4.35 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and a 90/51 K/BB ratio over 128 1/3 innings. He'll match up with the Mariners in a home start next.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:38:00 PM

Danny Duffy racked up eight strikeouts over five innings of work in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday.

The southpaw surrendered just two runs on three hits and three walks on the evening. He departed in line for his eighth victory, but the usually stout Royals bullpen was unable to protect his lead. He'll head into Wednesday's start against the Indians in Cleveland looking to improve upon a 4.14 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 11:12:00 PM

Danny Duffy allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

Duffy struck out seven and walked two in the contest. Alexei Ramirez whacked a three-run homer off him in the fourth inning and Geovany Soto cracked a solo shot in the seventh to account for all four runs on his line. The 26-year-old southpaw's pitching to a 4.17 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 79/46 K/BB ratio over 121 innings. A road start against the Orioles shows next on his schedule.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Danny Duffy gave up two runs in five innings, taking a no-decision on Sunday as the Royals fell to the Rays.

Duffy allowed a run-scoring single in the first inning and a solo home run to Brandon Guyer in the third, accounting for all of the damage. They were two of seven hits the lefty gave up along with two walks and six strikeouts. He now has a 4.11 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP and a 72/44 K/BB ratio over 114 innings. Duffy has a date with the White Sox at home next.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Danny Duffy held the Orioles to two runs over 5 2/3 innings, earning the win on Tuesday.

Duffy relented both runs in the fourth inning when the O's followed up a two-out walk with three consecutive singles. Overall, the lefty allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out five. Since returning from the disabled list on June 24, Duffy has a 3.18 ERA over 12 starts. He'll close out the month of August for the Royals with a road start versus the Rays next.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 01:16:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Dillon Gee
7Danny Duffy
8Mike Minor
9Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Scott Alexander
6Chien-Ming Wang
7Tim Collins
8Brian Flynn
9Peter Moylan