Duffey is now set to make his Major League debut tomorrow in the middle of a playoff race and he’ll have a lot of his plate as he faces off against baseball’s highest scoring offense: the Toronto Blue Jays.
This move came as a surprise to a lot of people as the Twins seemingly had endless options to fill Milone’s spot in the rotation. Other names that general manager Terry Ryan said they considered were fellow prospects Jose Berrios and Taylor Rogers as well as Trevor May, who had been in the rotation until getting shifted to the bullpen in early July.
Duffey might have been a bit of an underdog when it came to getting his promotion, but he’s still had a fantastic minor league season to date. He began the year in Double-A but breezed through the competition and posted a 2.56 ERA through eight starts while striking out 54 hitters through 52.2 innings. Triple-A didn’t prove to be much more of a challenge for the 24-year old Texan as he posted a 2.72 ERA through 13 starts after getting called up.
After having an ERA close to 4.00 across three different minor league levels last season, Duffey has proven to be one of Minnesota’s most improved prospects in 2015 with his stellar numbers. The biggest improvement in Duffey’s game has been seen in his ability to keep the ball inside the park. He allowed 17 home runs in 25 minor league starts last year but has only been beaten by the longball once this season. The powerful Blue Jays lineup, which is third league wide with 141 home runs, will provide a great challenge to him but if Duffey keeps the balls in play then he might wind up giving the Twins a chance to win.