05-31-2013, 12:08 PM #21
I wouldn't sweat Duffey's K rate too much at this point. He has shown he can find an extra mph or two when he needs it (3 of his 5 Ks last night were for 3rd outs with at least one runner on base in a 0-0 game). 4 of the 5 Ks were swinging, I believe, so he missed bats, not just fooling hitters or benefitting from generous strike zones.
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06-08-2013, 02:48 PM #22
Duffey will be making his first start for Ft. Myers tonight. It will be nice to see how he does against tougher competition.
06-11-2013, 10:30 AM #23
Tylers first start for Ft. Myers was forgettable. It was not a terrible start, though. Had he retired one more batter to get through the 6th inning, it would have been a quality start (4 runs, 3 earned). Not terrible for a first start at a new level but definently not noteworthy. One encouraging sign was that he still attacked hitters and only walked one batter.
Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG 6/8 BRD 0 0 4.76 1 1 0 0 0 5.2 8 4 3 2 1 2 0.50 .333
06-28-2013, 08:12 AM #24
In Duffey's last 2 starts he has pitched 11 1/3 innings giving up five runs in each start. He has kept the BB down with just 2 walks in those starts. He had also had 7 strikeouts. Duffey's problem is hits. With 21 hits over the 11 1/3 innings, Tyler is either getting a healthy does of bad luck and the balls are dropping or he is showing that he is leaving pitches up in the zone.
06-28-2013, 09:31 AM #25
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06-28-2013, 10:23 AM #26
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He was pretty underwhelming in Cedar Rapids. If I remember right, he was one of hte hard throwing college relievers that the Twins took in 2012. If he doesn't right the ship soon, I could see him returning to that role. Might have an easier shot at the majors.
06-28-2013, 07:36 PM #27
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Being this bad is bad luck but he also wasn't that good in Cedar Rapids. He had an okay K rate there as a college pitcher (more developed than the competition) and typically K rates drop as they move up. 3 starts don't mean anything but I think he moves back to the bullpen in a year. Same for Melatokis.
07-12-2013, 10:23 AM #28
Over Duffey's last 2 starts he has regained some of his form from CR. He hasn't been spectacular by any means but he has made some improvements.
In his start on July 2nd, he pitched 7 innings. The good news: he gave up 4 hits and only 1 walk with no runs scored. The bad: he didn't record a strikeout. That doesn't scream future success (see BJ Hermsen).
In his latest start (July 9th) Duffey took one step forward.... and 1/2 step back. He did strike out nearly a batter per inning, 5 K's over 6 innings. He gave up 5 hits and a walk with 2 runs allowed.
Duffey should make his next start on the 14th. He may be better suited for the bullpen but right now it is too early to tell. He hasn't even had a full year as a starter yet. It takes time to develop into a starter. More than a starter turning into a reliever. Let's give him time to develop an work on his approach with 2 strikes in the count. It should also be noted that the current Twins management doesn't put much stock in strikeouts as long as the pitcher is getting ground balls and eating innings. There is no reason right now to think that the Twins will be moving Tyler to the pen in the near future.
07-19-2013, 01:30 PM #29
Tyler has continued to improve as he gains more experience at high A Ft. Myers. In his most recent outing he was able to work 7, 1 hit innings. In the processes, he walked 4 and struck out 7.
In his previous 3 outings he has worked 20 innings, allowed 10 hits and 6 walks and just 2 runs. He did only accumulate 12 strikeouts through those 20 innings.
It has been a pretty successful first full season thus far for Duffey. If he continues to pitch as he has over his previous 3 games, he could potentially stick as a starter for the Twins. It is encouraging that he has gone 7 innings or more in half of his 16 starts and 6 or more in 11/16 starts.
07-23-2013, 12:44 PM #30
Duffey had another successful start on Monday. He pitched 7 innings agains but this time he was able to strike out 10 batters, a new career high. It is also encouraging to note that, of his 10 strikeouts, 8 were of the swinging kind. He gave up 5 hits and just 1 walk with a solo homerun.
Duffey has pitched a combined 107 innings this season already. It will be interesting moving forward if his innings get limited.
07-24-2013, 10:04 AM #31
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Is Duffey still a fastball/slider guy, or is he developing a 3rd pitch?