Thursday, April 02, 2015

Matt Duffy makes the Opening Day roster

That's what a couple of pros are saying -- Andrew Baggarly of the Merc News and Eric Gilmore of mlb.com

Here's Andrew --
Bochy telegraphed that Duffy would make the club however the roster shook out, praising the 24-year-old rookie after a spring in which he hit .385 with three home runs – including an impressive shot Wednesday off Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.
“What a spring he’s had,” Bochy said of Duffy. “This kid, you just love his at-bats and the way he fights up there. He’s done what you want from a young kid – come in here and force the issue. We’ll have something to announce here soon, real quick.”
Bochy said Ishikawa’s back was among the reasons the Giants wanted to “check off the box” of playing Brandon Belt in left field. Even with Justin Maxwell on the club, the Giants don’t have a true fifth outfielder on the roster. Ishikawa, at least, could’ve gone to left field in a double-switch. It was his position in the postseason last October, obviously.

Here's Gilmore --

Duffy, ranked as the Giants' No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, hit a team-high .382 in the Cactus League and also led the Giants with 15 RBIs. He had three home runs, matching Joe Panik and Brandon Belt for the team lead.
"I don't know what else he could do," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's nothing else. This series won't matter as far what happens to Matt Duffy. What a terrific spring this kid's had. Wherever we've put him, he's done a good job, and as far as swinging the bat. He done what you're hoping all these guys do, young players, force the issue. He certainly has done that."
That was Duffy's No. 1 goal.
"My goal wasn't to put pressure on myself to make the team or do anything like that," Duffy said. "It was just to make the decision as hard as possible by playing my game the best way I can. So I was happy that I felt like I was able to do that."

Here's me --

He was decent during the season going 16 for 60, scored a big run in the NLCS and clutched up in Game 4 of the World Series. In the bottom of the 3rd, after Vogey had given up 3 runs, Duffy pinch hit for Machi (who'd been brought in to get the last out) and singled. He went to second on a groundout and scored on Buster's single.

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