Matt Duffy
Matt Duffy
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Yankees
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Duffy's tenure with the Rays came to an unceremonious end as they released him after three-plus injury-filled seasons. Duffy played only 199 games for the club, missing 2017 entirely. He left after compiling a .284/.351/.356 slash line for Tampa Bay. While he wasn't expected to be a slugger, more pop was anticipated after he bopped a dozen homers with the Giants in 2015. Duffy played only 46 games in his final season with the Rays, debuting July 23 after extended rehab for a hamstring strain incurred in the spring. It's rare a hitter's on-base rate is higher than his slugging percentage, but that's what Duffy recorded with his .252/.342/.327 slash. Entering his age-29 season, Duffy is young enough to resurrect his career, but he'll likely have to do it via a minor-league contract and find a way to add more oomph to his skill set. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in January of 2020. Contract worth $1 million at the major-league level. Released by the Rangers in June of 2020.
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3BNew York Yankees  AAA
August 26, 2020
Duffy is part of the Yankees' current taxi squad, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Duffy was signed by the Yankees in late June but did not make the team's Opening Day roster. He provides versatility and plenty of big-league experience, though he is ineligible to play unless the team first clears room for him on the active roster.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
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+12%
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+45%
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+2%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .660 216 20 1 17 2 .251 .344 .316
Since 2018vs Right .736 513 51 4 39 10 .298 .363 .374
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .524 66 4 0 3 0 .164 .288 .236
2019vs Right .759 103 8 1 9 0 .304 .379 .380
2018vs Left .718 150 16 1 14 2 .288 .369 .348
2018vs Right .731 410 43 3 30 10 .296 .359 .372
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+4%
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+39%
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+13%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .728 340 34 0 20 8 .298 .376 .351
Since 2018Away .702 389 37 5 36 4 .274 .340 .362
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2019Home .542 69 3 0 2 0 .186 .304 .237
2019Away .756 100 9 1 10 0 .295 .370 .386
2018Home .774 271 31 0 18 8 .325 .395 .379
2018Away .683 289 28 4 26 4 .266 .330 .354
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There were 140 qualified batters last year that had at least 502 plate appearances on the season. Duffy ranked 140th in ISO in that group with a .072 mark. There were four pitchers (minimum 50 PA) that had higher ISO scores than Duffy last year. Yes, Duffy hit for a high average and reached base at a career-best .361 clip, and tied a career-high with 12 steals, but these numbers are near impossible to roster in standard mixed leagues since he only qualifies at third base. He has the OBP skills to hit high in the order, and even lead off, but putting him in the middle of the order would be troublesome because he simply lacks consistent extra-base power. His best swing is one where he filets the ball to the opposite field, which helps push his average up as opposing defenses cannot shift him in the traditional sense. In two-strike counts, teams would be wise to reverse shift him and force him to roll over on something to the shortstop.
Duffy injured his heel prior to the 2017 season, and various setbacks prevented him from making a single appearance during the campaign. Prior to missing the 2017 season, he'd played in just 91 games in 2016 due to an Achilles injury. At this point in time, Duffy is in line to be healthy for spring training. The Rays retained the arb-eligible Adeiny Hechavarria, maintaining an insurance policy in case Duffy's injury issues rear their ugly head once again. With a career line of .281/.324/.395 and a modest 15.4 percent strikeout rate, Duffy has built a respectable resume at the big-league level, but his power is modest and that limits his appeal at a suddenly talent-rich shortstop position. Considering his history of injuries, it wouldn't be a surprise if Tampa Bay limited Duffy's usage during the early stages of the upcoming season.
Duffy's star-crossed 2016 included a slow start in San Francisco, a trade deadline move to the Rays, and season-ending Achilles surgery in early September. Despite the hiccup, he's on track to be fully ready for spring training. Duffy is expected to take the reins as the starting shortstop in the coming season and will look to produce numbers much closer to his solid 2015 rookie season with the Giants, when he slashed .295/.334/.428 with 12 homers and 77 RBI. The 25-year-old saw a regression in all of those categories last season over 246 fewer plate appearances than the prior year. With a clean start and full health, however, Duffy could prove to be a valuable source of fantasy production in multiple categories, particularly extra-base hits, RBI, stolen bases, batting average and OBP.
Other than teammate Brandon Crawford, Duffy has to be considered one of the more pleasant fantasy surprises of 2015. Never a highly-regarded prospect, Duffy had to hit his way onto the 25-man roster in spring training. He did just that, and never stopped hitting, forcing the Giants' hand to make him their everyday third baseman following the release of Casey McGehee. Despite never hitting more than five home runs in the minors, Duffy finished the 2015 season with 12 to go along with 77 RBI and 12 stolen bases. While those numbers aren't astronomical, they definitely were useful to fantasy owners who likely picked him up for nothing. Unlike fellow Rookie of the Year finalist, Kris Bryant, Duffy doesn't have a very high ceiling. What we saw from him in 2015 is probably what we are going to see going forward, but there is definitely value in that.
Duffy was an 18th-round pick out of Long Beach State in 2012 and he has ascended the minor leagues with little fanfare. Since being drafted by the Giants, he's shown major strides in his ability at the plate, hitting .332/.398/.444 with a 10.1% walk rate and stealing 20 bases at Double-A Richmond in 2014 to earn a big-league callup as part of the revolving door at second base. Duffy was overmatched during his taste of San Francisco, but he's hitting enough in the minors to be considered a potential utility option in the not-so-distant future. With a 6-foot-2 frame, he may eventually develop more power, but it hasn't surfaced in the form of home runs yet. Duffy has been used primarily as a shortstop in the minors, and he may become a coveted trade target by teams looking for a utilityman capable of exceeding expectations. Look for Duffy to advance to Triple-A in 2015, where he'll likely spend most of the season unless injuries ravage the team's infield depth.
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Reassigned to alternate site
3BNew York Yankees  AAA
July 21, 2020
Duffy was reassigned to the Yankees' alternate training site Tuesday.
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Chance to make Opening Day
3BNew York Yankees  AAA
July 15, 2020
Duffy is being considered for a roster spot with the Yankees for Opening Day, given D.J. LeMahieu's trip to the IL, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Signs with Yankees
3BNew York Yankees  AAA
June 28, 2020
Duffy signed with the Yankees on Sunday and was added to the team's 60-man player pool.
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Still in consideration for roster
3BTexas Rangers  AAA
March 22, 2020
Duffy could benefit by the uncertainty in the battle for the Rangers' starting job at first base, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Lands NRI deal with Texas
3BTexas Rangers  AAA
January 30, 2020
Duffy agreed Thursday with the Rangers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The deal is worth $1 million if Duffy is added to the Rangers' MLB roster and contains up to $1.5 million in additional incentives.
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