Duffey threw a scoreless inning with three strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.
Duffey was used in the sixth inning as he'll be a valuable middle reliever and setup man in the Minnesota bullpen mix. Duffey had a delayed start to summer camp, but he's looked sharp once the regular season began with five strikeouts and no walks in two innings in his first two appearances.
Duffey threw his first live batting practice of summer camp on Friday, MLB.com reports.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Thursday that Duffey is slightly behind other pitchers in his build-up to the season, so this is a positive sign. However, his progress is worth monitoring because Duffey may be eased into the start of the regular season.
Duffey has not thrown in live batting practice or a scrimmage in summer camp as he's slightly behind other pitchers in his build-up to the season. MLB.com reports. "Duff, just due to every guy being in a different spot, probably just going to be a hair behind as we build him up," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "We're just building him up right now before we get him out there facing hitters."
It's not clear if Duffey is dealing with an injury or just behind on his conditioning. Either way, it doesn't look like a major concern. However, Duffey was thought to have sneaky fantasy value early in the season if starting pitchers are not going to be able to go far into games, as he could get significant innings and opportunities as a result. If Duffey is eased into the start of the season, he may not be able to capitalize on those potential early relief innings.
Duffey signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old earned a solid raise in his first season of arbitration eligibility with somewhat of a breakout campaign last year, posting a 2.50 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 82:14 K:BB with 15 holds in 57.2 innings. Duffey is unlikely to see much in terms of saves next season, but he could work as a setup man if he can replicate his 2019 performance.
Duffey threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning to record his 13th hold in Monday's win over the White Sox.
Duffey has turned around his career at age 28, as he's gone from a player bouncing between Triple-A and the majors (and between the rotation and bullpen) to a key setup man. Duffey has dramatically improved his strikeout rate to 12.4 K/9. While his 3.25 FIP suggests his 2.47 ERA may be a little lucky, his career-high 93.9 mph average fastball points to an improvement in his skill and approach.
Duffey (1-0) pitched 1.1 innings in Saturday's 18-4 win over the Mariners, allowing one hit and striking out three batters to earn the win.
Starter Jose Berrios ran up a high pitch count, leaving Duffey as the pitcher of record in the blowout win. The 28-year-old right hander has a 3.72 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 14 strikeouts over eight appearances (9.2 innings) this season. He'll continue to see the bulk of his usage in middle relief.
Duffey was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Monday.
Duffey has pitched well in the major leagues this season, posting a 1.42 ERA with 10 punchouts over 6.1 innings, and he'll get another opportunity out of the bullpen. Jake Cave was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Duffey was sent back to Triple-A after serving as the 26th man on the roster for Saturday's doubleheader, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He threw a scoreless inning with three strikeouts in the second game.
Duffey has pitched well in the majors this season with a 1.42 ERA and 10:2 K:BB ratio in 6.1 innings. However, he can't find a regular spot in the bullpen and is likely to shuttle back and forth between Triple-A and the majors.
Duffey was recalled as the 26th man on the roster for Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Duffey was added to the roster to give the Twins an extra arm out of the bullpen for Saturday's twin bill. He figures to return to the minors after the second game barring any unforeseen circumstances.
The Twins optioned Duffey to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.
Duffey was unlikely to be available for Wednesday's series finale with the Astros after he worked 1.1 innings in relief Tuesday and gave up four unearned runs on two hits and a walk. As a result, the Twins will swap him off the roster in exchange for a fresher bullpen arm in Fernando Romero.
Duffey threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to Toronto. Duffey has worked with new Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson to throw higher in the strike zone and quit using his sinker, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Twins and Johnson have changed the team's philosophy, with pitchers throwing strikes higher in the strike zone, and Duffey may benefit as he had six scoreless innings at Triple-A with 11 strikeouts before he as called up before Tuesday's game. Duffey could provide the Twins with a much needed boost in middle relief, while high-leverage opportunities can be had if he has success.
Duffey was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.
Duffey has allowed one run while striking out 11 in six innings for Rochester this season. He hasn't had nearly that sort of success in parts of four big-league seasons, posting a 5.46 ERA and a mediocre 20.2 percent strikeout rate. Andrew Vazquez was optioned to Rochester in a corresponding move.
Duffey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
Duffey spent more time in the minors than the majors last season as he appears to be out of Minnesota's long-term plans despite stretches of being productive as a reliever in 2017. With a minor-league option left, he's likely to be shuttled up and down from Triple-A.
Duffey threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout in his first spring appearance in Saturday's split squad loss to Baltimore.
Duffey is likely on the outside looking in for a spot in Minnesota's bullpen, especially since he has a minor-league option left. He's likely a candidate to provide depth and be shuttled up and down from Triple-A.
Duffey allowed one run on two hits in a no-decision against the Yankees on Tuesday, striking out one and walking zero in two innings.
As anticipated, Duffey went just a couple innings (throwing 29 pitches) in his start and handed off the ball to long reliever Kohl Stewart. This was Duffey's first start of the year and his 15th appearance overall, and he now carries a 8.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with a 16:2 K:BB in 21 innings this season. It's likely the 27-year-old will be returning to the bullpen.
Duffey will serve as the opener Tuesday against the Yankees, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Duffey figures to throw the customary 1-to-2 innings and then make way for a long reliever. Through 14 relief appearances for the Twins this season, he's accrued a 9.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts over 19 frames.
Duffey has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Duffey has been excellent at Triple-A with a 2.90 ERA and 9.6 K/9, but has given up 12 earned runs in 17 innings in the majors. He'll work in middle to long relief in September.
Duffey was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Duffey was sent back to the minors following Sunday's game to clear a roster spot for Stephen Gonsalves, who is set to be summoned from Triple-A to start Monday. The 27-year-old Duffey owns a 6.35 ERA across 17 big-league innings this season.
Duffey was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.
As expected, Duffey will join the big-league bullpen following the trade of Fernando Rodney to the Athletics on Thursday. Across seven appearances with Minnesota this year, Duffey has posted a 6.35 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Look for him to be deployed in low-leverage spots while he's with the team.
Duffey is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
After Fernando Rodney was dealt to the Athletics on Thursday, the Twins are in need of a reliever, so they'll add Duffey to the 25-man roster. He's made seven appearances out of the bullpen for Minnesota in 2018, although he's accrued an ugly 6.35 ERA with eight strikeouts across 11.1 frames.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||vs HOU||L 1-3||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/29||vs HOU||L 1-4||0||0||0||1.0||3||1||1||1|
|09/26||vs CIN||W 7-3||0||0||0||1.1||0||0||0||3|
|09/22||vs DET||W 5-4||0||0||0||1.1||2||1||0||0|
|09/19||@ CHC||W 8-1||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/16||@ CHW||W 5-1||0||0||0||2.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/14||@ CHW||L 1-3||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||1||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2013||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||62.2||15||9||0||4||5||0||44||17||67||4.49||1.351|
|2013||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||58.1||9||9||0||3||2||0||47||6||49||2.79||0.947|
|2014||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||22.1||4||4||0||3||0||0||13||5||22||2.85||1.222|
|2014||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||16.0||3||3||0||2||0||0||16||6||16||3.94||1.375|
|2014||AA-New Britain Rock Cat||111.1||18||18||0||8||3||0||84||19||104||3.81||1.107|
|2015||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||85.1||14||14||1||5||6||0||68||18||73||2.54||1.069|
|2016||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||30.2||5||5||1||1||1||0||25||12||24||2.98||1.192|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||59.0||31||0||0||4||4||3||63||20||48||2.90||1.153|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||13.2||7||0||0||0||0||1||22||5||8||1.36||0.985|