Matt Duffy
Matt Duffy
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Tampa Bay Rays
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $545,300 contract with the Rays in March of 2017.
Not in lineup for series opener
3BTampa Bay Rays
September 17, 2018
Duffy is not in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Duffy will head to the bench for Monday's series opener as manager Kevin Cash looks to stack left-handed hitters against righty Adrian Sampson. Joey Wendle will start at third base in his place, with Brandon Lowe picking up a start at the keystone. Duffy is hitting a solid .306/.432/.389 with seven RBI and a stolen base through 11 games in September.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .714 244 25 3 18 3 .279 .361 .353
Since 2016vs Right .702 648 69 6 52 16 .282 .333 .369
2018vs Left .724 139 15 1 12 2 .293 .374 .350
2018vs Right .734 387 38 3 30 9 .298 .357 .378
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .702 105 10 2 6 1 .261 .343 .359
2016vs Right .654 261 31 3 22 7 .257 .297 .357
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
+88%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .809 459 52 1 33 14 .340 .397 .413
Since 2016Away .596 433 42 8 37 5 .220 .281 .316
2018Home .773 266 30 0 18 8 .328 .391 .382
2018Away .689 260 23 4 24 3 .266 .331 .359
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home .858 193 22 1 15 6 .356 .404 .454
2016Away .456 173 19 4 13 2 .151 .205 .252
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How does Matt Duffy compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.48
 
BB Rate
8.0%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.356
 
ISO
.074
 
AVG
.297
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.371
 
OPS
.732
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Notches 11th stolen base
3BTampa Bay Rays
September 15, 2018
Duffy went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the A's.
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On base twice in return
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September 15, 2018
Duffy went 1-for-4 with a walk in a loss to the Athletics on Friday.
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Returns to lineup Friday
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September 14, 2018
Duffy (back) is back in the lineup Friday against the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Won't start Wednesday
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September 11, 2018
Duffy (back) won't start in Wednesday's series finale against the Indians, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Remains out Tuesday
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September 11, 2018
Duffy (back) is out of the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.
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