A lesser known relief pitcher from New York who was drafted and signed by his favorite team. He struggled last season after being promoted to Hi-A St. Lucie. He’s a tall guy who induces ground balls.
R/R, 6’6″ 200 lbs, 11/15/1993 (23), Drafted in the 20th round of the 2014 draft, 595th overall out of Stonehill College
I’m not sure what to make of Jimmy Duff. Duff is just that kind of guy you really want to root for, since he grew up a fan of his hometown team and now he plays for them. However, he hasn’t been particularly effective in reduction of hits and striking out people.
A very tall guy listed at 6’6″, Duff has a delivery he can repeat well. That can be odd for a tall, amateur pitcher because usually with bigger guys, they have a harder time keeping track of their mechanics. Currently his fastball touches 90 miles per hour and sits in the high-80’s, but may be able to add some strength as he is pretty darn wiry at 200 pounds, and may be able to tweak his delivery to add some more pop to the catcher’s mitt. If he doesn’t hitters will start to square him up with ease. Due to his height, his fastball gets natural sink, inducing a ton of ground balls. He usually has great control but surrendered 20 walks in 56 innings last year, which is very unlike him.
His breaking balls at draft time were reportedly very much behind the fastball, but in two years, that may have changed a bit. I haven’t gotten any reports as of late.
Overall, this isn’t an impressive profile by any means, as the path to becoming a major leaguer is murky, but a guy to root for because he is a hometown fan playing for our favorite team.
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