Lucas Duda, First Base, Tampa Bay Rays
Date of Birth: 2/3/1986
Birthplace: Riverside, California
College: University of Southern California
Nicknames: The Big Lebowski, The Dude
Lucas Duda, a first baseman and outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, was drafted in 2007 by the New York Mets. He played in the minor leagues for more than three seasons before making his first start in 2010 with the Mets. He played in just 29 games with the team that season.
In 2011, Duda played in 100 games with the Mets, splitting his time at first base and as a right fielder. That season, he batted .292 with 88 hits, 21 doubles, 10 home runs, and 50 RBIs. The following season, he played in 121 games and batted .239 with 96 hits, 15 doubles, 15 home runs, and 57 RBIs. In 2012, he was an outfielder for the Mets, playing primarily in right field.
Duda spent time on the DL and in the minor leagues in 2013. He played in 100 games with the Mets and batted just .223 with 71 hits, 16 doubles, and 15 home runs. His defensive time was split between left field (58 games) and first base (34 games). He finished the 2014 season with 130 hits, 27 doubles, 30 home runs, 92 RBIs, and a .253 batting average.
Duda played in 135 games with the Mets in 2015. He finished the season with 115 hits, a career high 33 doubles, 27 home runs, 73 RBIs, and a .244 batting average. As the Mets' first baseman in 129 games, he made 77 assists, 87 double plays, 1,039 putouts, and 3 errors. In postseason play, he had 11 hits, including 2 doubles and a home run, and 8 RBIs in 47 at-bats in 14 games.
Duda spent most of the 2016 season on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back. He played in just 47 games with the Mets.
The Mets traded Duda to the Rays on July 27, 2017. He finished the season with 92 hits, 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 64 RBIs, 135 strikeouts to 60 walks, and a .217 batting average in 75 games with the Mets and 52 games with the Rays. Defensively, as a first baseman in 93 games, he made 693 putouts and 4 errors.
Career batting statistics for Duda through 2017 include:
- 812 games played
- 644 hits
- 153 doubles
- 138 home runs
- 405 RBIs
- 745 strikeouts to 355 walks
- .242 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Duda at first base through 2017 include:
- 496 games played
- 265 assists
- 340 double plays
- 3,760 putouts
- 20 errors
- .995 fielding percentage