Matt Duffy, Infield, Tampa Bay Rays


Date of Birth: 1/15/1991
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
College: California State University at Long Beach
Nickname: Duffman

Matt Duffy, infielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2012. He played in the Giants' minor league system from 2012 through part of 2014. During that time, he batted .304 with 286 hits, 48 doubles, 55 stolen bases, 135 RBIs, and 145 strikeouts to 120 walks in 248 games. As a shortstop, he made 704 assists, 121 double plays, 273 putouts, and 42 errors in 233 games.

Duffy joined the Giants for 34 games in 2014. He had a .267 batting average with 16 hits. He played in his first full season in 2015, joining the Giants for 149 games. He hit his first major league home run on April 5, 2015. He finished the season with 169 hits, 28 doubles, 77 RBIs, and a .295 batting average. Defensively, at third base, he made 250 assists, 20 double plays, 78 putouts, and 12 errors in 134 games.

Duffy received the Willie Mac award in 2015 as the Giants' most inspirational player. He is the first rookie to win the award.

The Giants traded Duffy to the Rays on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 86 hits, 14 doubles, 28 RBIs, and .258 batting average in 70 games with the Giants and 21 games with the Rays. Defensively, as a third baseman in 70 games, he made 142 assists, 44 putouts, and 5 errors.

Career batting statistics for Duffy through 2016 include:

  • 274 games played
  • 271 hits
  • 44 doubles
  • 113 RBIs
  • 163 strikeouts to 54 walks
  • .281 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Duffy as a third baseman through 2016 include:

  • 206 games played
  • 394 assists
  • 25 double plays
  • 122 putouts
  • 17 errors
  • .968 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
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