On the surface, Danny Duffy's numbers were just another lot of impressive stats alongside several other names the Kansas City Royals threw out on the mound throughout the 2011 season. But for a debut season for a 22 year old prospect, it was a chance to earn his sea legs, so to speak, and gain some valuable experience for the duration of a big league season. Duffy, one of KC's more heralded pitching prospects, hopes to build on that this offseason and come back ready with a new consistency.
"I plan on really getting after it this offseason, coming back physically ready to be what we need: an extra No. 2, No. 3," Duffy said. "That's my goal, you've got to set your goals high. I'm going to do everything in my power to come back physically ready, strong enough to stay consistent in my delivery."
Last season, Duffy went 4-8 with a 5.64 ERA in 20 starts. Duffy dominated every level of the minor leagues along his five-year journey, compiling career minor league numbers of a 2.65 ERA and 405 strikeouts in 350 innings, so there's a big reason to believe that Duffy can elevate his game quite a bit. The Royals hope he's able to turn things around and join Jon Sanchez as productive members in the rotation.
Danny Duffy Ready To Develop Into Royals 'No. 2 or 3 Starter' Next Year
Duffy, one of KC's more heralded pitching prospects, hopes to build on that this offseason and come back ready with a new consistency.