The Royals are set to unveil one of the prized arms from their farm system.
Left-hander Danny Duffy will make his major league debut Wednesday, starting against the Rangers. His contract will officially be purchased from Class AAA Omaha before the game, and a corresponding move will be made so Kansas City can add him to the roster.
Duffy, 22, was a 2007 third-round pick out of Cabrillo High in Lompoc, Calif. He was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA this season in seven Pacific Coast League starts, but he had permitted 10 runs in 16 innings in his past three appearances.
"He's got three quality pitches," manager Ned Yost said Tuesday before the Royals' 7-3 loss to the Indians. "He's a little inconsistent with his breaking ball at times in the strike zone, but he's been very effective with his fastball. He's been keeping his fastball down. At times, he has electric stuff. He did a nice job. He's ready to go."
In 73 minor league games, all but two of them starts, Duffy is 27-14 with a 2.59 ERA. He has struck out 402 in 344 innings.
Duffy walked away from baseball March 23, 2010, before returning June 2. He did not make his first appearance last year until June 28. He pitched for Team USA in the Pan Am Games qualifying tournament, and he also participated in the Arizona Fall League after the minor league season ended.
Another of the jewels of the Royals' minor league system, first baseman Eric Hosmer, made his debut May 6. Through 10 games, he is hitting .270 with a .349 on-base percentage, two homers and six RBI.
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