Dan Duffy, rated the No. 5 prospect in the Royals organization by BA, has been nothing short of stellar at Class A Burlington this season. And while it appears unlikely he will earn a promotion this late in the season, there should be no doubt last year's third round pick out of Cabrillo (Calif.) High will be pitching his last few games with the Bees in the coming days.
On Monday the southpaw earned a 1-0 victory over Quad Cities (Cardinals) thanks in part to five innings of two hit ball with seven strikeouts and a walk. Teammate Zach Peterson earned the save with four innings of one hit ball with three K's and a walk.
Duffy improves to 8-4 overall with a solid 2.20 ERA. He did hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch. However, control hasn't been an issue this season. In 81.2 IP he has struck out 102 while walking just 25. Even more impressive is the fact he's allowed just four home runs.
In his last 10 appearances he's 5-1 1.14 ERA. Not bad for an 18 year old kid even if it is in low A ball.
The Royals organization is sort of resembling an apple tree right now. Slowly it is growing and starting to produce some pretty good fruit - the sweet sort of ripe variety. Over the past several years a great deal of those apples have fallen from the tree and rotted away. Hopefully the fertilizer is working a little better this time around, thus making the harvest a much better one.
Right now Duffy looks really really good. He's still a long ways from the big leagues, so I'll try not to get too far ahead of myself and keep a realistic approach.
Our drought could still use a little more rain.