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Lucas Duda | First Baseman | #21

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 256
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 7 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Indians.
Duda was the offensive hero in what finished as a 1-0 win for the Royals, as it was his solo home run off Trevor Bauer leading off the seventh inning which provided the entirety of the scoring in the contest. Duda has now cracked two homers and driven in seven runs over the course of five games played. He's not much to look at in terms of average, but the veteran first baseman does offer a bit of pop, having slugged double-digit home runs in seven of nine big league seasons. Apr 7 - 7:42 PM

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Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the Royals' lineup on Friday.

Duda had been sidelined since Monday due to right hamstring tightness. He's off to a slow start in a Royals' uniform, hitting .214/.267/.429, though he does have six RBI already.
Apr 7 - 9:02 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Lucas Duda (hamstring) could sit out the remainder of this week's series against the Tigers.

Duda was forced to exit Monday's game in the seventh inning due to right hamstring tightness. The Royals just want to play things safe in the early part of the season. It sounds like he could be back after Thursday's off-day.
Apr 3 - 11:03 AM

Lucas Duda (hamstring) is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Duda left Monday's game with right hamstring tightness, but he probably would have sat out Tuesday anyway with left-hander Matthew Boyd on the hill for Detroit. Cheslor Cuthbert will cover first base duties and bat cleanup.
Apr 3 - 10:04 AM

Lucas Duda left Monday's game in the seventh inning with right hamstring tightness.

Consider him day-to-day. The Royals might need Cheslor Cuthbert at first base for a couple of games.
Apr 2 - 3:20 PM

Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.

Duda drew a bases-loaded walk from Lucas Giolito in the first inning to pick up his first RBI of the game, then later came through with an RBI single (again off Giolito) in the third inning. He's already driven in five runs on the young season, the first three all coming on a three-run homer which he cranked in Thursday's opener. The veteran first baseman is seeking his seventh career season with double-digit home runs.
Mar 31 - 10:33 PM

Lucas Duda hit a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

Duda took White Sox starter James Shields out to right field in the first inning, a heck of a way to start his Royals career. It would end up being his only hit in four at-bats on the day. Duda signed with the Royals late in the offseason but has few challenges for playing time in Kansas City, and should be a decent source of power if little else this year.
Mar 29 - 11:47 PM

Lucas Duda went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and two walks in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rangers.

Duda unloaded for a three-run home run off Bartolo Colon in the first inning. The long ball was his second of spring training. The veteran first baseman has recorded hits in six of eight Cactus League contests to date. While he hit just .217 a year ago, the 2017 season also saw him crack 30 home runs between the Mets and the Rays, tying a personal best. The Royals signed him to a one-year, $3.5 million contract at the end of February. He figures to receive the bulk of starting at-bats at first base for the upcoming campaign.
Mar 17 - 6:08 PM

Lucas Duda earned two hits Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League loss to the Brewers.

Duda plated the game’s first run with an RBI single in the first. He also added a single to third on a line drive to left field. The former Met is off to a good start this spring with three hits in his first seven Cactus League at-bats. Duda has been tapped to replace Eric Hosmer at first base, though he may sit against lefties.
Mar 7 - 7:15 PM

Royals signed 1B Lucas Duda to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Duda arrived at Royals camp on Wednesday morning and took the necessary pre-signing physical. He's a nice, inexpensive pickup for the rebuilding Royals and could carry some sneaky deep-league fantasy value as their new regular first baseman. Duda, 32, posted an .818 OPS with a career-high-tying 30 home runs in 127 games last season between the Mets and Rays.
Feb 28 - 11:43 AM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that free agent Lucas Duda has agreed to a deal with the Royals.

It's a one-year, $3.5 million deal, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Duda struggled to attract meaningful interest this winter despite posting an .818 OPS with a career-high 30 home runs in 127 games last season between the Mets and Rays. Such is life for a 1B/DH type in this modern baseball landscape. He should see something close to everyday playing time this season with the rebuilding Royals.
Feb 28 - 10:16 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Red Sox, Angels, and Mariners have checked in on free agent first baseman Lucas Duda.

Duda struggled down the stretch with the Rays, but he still tied his career-high with 30 homers while putting up an .818 OPS. He's better off sitting against lefties, but he can still be a valuable bat to have around. He likely won't break the bank wherever he lands.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 04:41:00 PM

Lucas Duda is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.

He's sitting against lefty Jordan Montgomery. Trevor Plouffe will serve as the designated hitter while Daniel Robertson will start at second base and Peter Bourjos will play left field.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 03:11:00 PM

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer in the Rays' defeat of the Orioles on Saturday.

Duda's big fly off Jeremy Hellickson in the top of the third inning gave Tampa Bay the lead for good. The veteran first baseman is up to 30 home runs in 122 games this season, though that big number has come alongside a .221 batting average and .323 on-base percentage.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 10:51:00 PM

Lucas Duda hit his 29th homer of the season in a win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

It was a solo shot off of Boston reliever Robby Scott. Duda is hitting just .202 since coming over to the Rays, but he's also slugging .546, and he's posted a respectable -- when you consider the batting average -- .317 on-base percentage.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Adalberto Mondesi
3Ryan Goins
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Abraham Almonte
CF1Jon Jay
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Jesse Hahn
7Eric Skoglund
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Justin Grimm
3Brian Flynn
4Burch Smith
5Timothy Hill
6Blaine Boyer
7Brad Keller
8Kevin McCarthy
9Scott Barlow
10Eric Stout