Duffey allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out one in one inning to earn the save in Friday's 7-5 extra-inning win over Texas.
With Taylor Rogers and Hansel Robles both logging perfect innings earlier in the contest, Duffey was called on to lock down a save in the bottom of the 10th. He allowed an RBI single to Joey Gallo, but the right-hander was otherwise effective in his second save of the year. He's pitched to a 4.15 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 24:13 K:BB in 26 innings this season. Duffey has also picked up eight holds in 28 outings, often serving as a setup option.
Duffey recorded a save Sunday against Cleveland after tossing a scoreless inning, walking one and fanning two.
Duffey pitched the 10th inning and looked in command of the situation -- despite walking Jake Bauers with one out, he still tossed nine of his 15 pitches for strikes en route to picking up his first save of the campaign. He's gone 1-for-2 in save opportunities this season.
Duffey has agreed to serve a two-game suspension for intentionally throwing at the White Sox's Yermin Mercedes on Tuesday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Duffey pitched in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Angels while appealing his initial three-game ban. He allowed three runs on four hits and no walks while striking out one in one inning. He'll begin serving his reduced suspension in Thursday's nightcap and will be unavailable to pitch Friday.
MLB suspended Duffey three games and handed him an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at the White Sox's Yermin Mercedes in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 5-4 win, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Duffey is appealing the suspension.
Duffey's three-game ban comes after he attempted to get revenge on Mercedes for swinging away (and hitting a home run) on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a 15-4 game one day earlier. Though Duffey's pitch didn't hit Mercedes, the intent was obvious enough for MLB to levy punishment. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was also handed a one-game suspension, which he will serve in the second half of Minnesota's doubleheader with the Angels on Thursday. Expect Duffey's appeal to be heard in the next few days before an announcement is made regarding whether the three-game ban is upheld or reduced.
Duffey (0-2) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Tigers after allowing four runs on three hits and a walk across two-thirds of an inning.
Duffey didn't have his best stuff in this game, as he only tossed 12 of his 23 pitches for strikes and was unable to slow down the Tigers' offense. Duffey ended a streak of four straight appearances without an earned run and did it in the worst possible way, allowing season-worst marks in several categories such as runs allowed and hits allowed, while also failing to strike out an opponent for the third time over his last four appearances.
Duffey threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and a walk to earn his second hold in Friday's win over Pittsburgh.
Duffey had a slow start to the season with a 4.50 ERA and five walks in his first four innings. He has been striking out batters with six strikeouts in six innings overall. Duffey has always had good control, so the early walks are out of character. He doesn't appear to be in the mix to finish games as he's been used as early as the fourth and fifth innings in games, but he'll still feature in high-leverage situations if the walks don't become a trend.
Duffey threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout in Tuesday's spring-training win over Baltimore. He's given up three runs in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts this spring.
Duffey will factor in the late innings again for the Twins, likely setting up both Taylor Rogers and Alex Colome. However, he could get the final outs of a game occasionally as well. Duffey had a 1.88 ERA with an excellent 34.1 percent strikeout rate and an exemplary 7.3 percent walk rate last season. He should offer value in leagues that count holds (12 last year).
The Twins and Duffey agreed Wednesday on a one-year, $2.2 million contract, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Duffey will be getting a $1 million raise for 2021 after he finished second among all Twins relievers in WAR (0.7) while posting a 1.88 ERA and 31:6 K:BB in 24 innings during the 60-game 2020 campaign. He'll likely be in line to serve as one of the top setup men to Taylor Rogers in 2021, assuming the Twins don't bring in another veteran closer to replace Rogers.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/22||vs CIN||L 7-10||0.2||1||0||1||1|
|06/20||@ TEX||W 4-2||1.2||0||0||1||0|
|06/18||@ TEX||W 7-5||1||1.0||2||0||0||1|
|06/14||@ SEA||L 3-4||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|06/11||vs HOU||L 4-6||0.2||0||1||1||0|
|06/10||vs NYY||W 7-5||1.0||3||1||0||0|
|06/06||@ KC||W 2-1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|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|