The following was provided to us by the public relations staff for the Omaha Storm Chasers, AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
OMAHA, Neb. — Lefthander Danny Duffy of the Omaha Storm Chasers has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week for April 25-May 1, the league announced Monday. He becomes the first member of the Omaha franchise to win a weekly award since Anthony Lerew was named Pitcher of the Week from August 9-15 last season.
The Goleta, Calif., native was honored for his fine performance against the Iowa Cubs on Thursday, April 28 at Werner Park. In that game, Duffy allowed just one hit in six shutout innings, striking out eight batters without issuing a walk. He earned his first Triple-A win in the process, while lowering his PCL-leading ERA to 0.90.
Duffy’s gem marked his third-straight start in which he has not surrendered a run. In those three outings, all at home, he has fired 15 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out 20 batters. Opposing hitters are batting just .194 against him on the season.
Still just 22 years old, Duffy has tasted quite a bit of success in his four-plus professional seasons. He owns a career record of 25-13 with a 2.44 ERA in 328.0 career innings, striking out 383 batters against just 104 walks. During the 2010 calendar year, he won the Texas League Championship as a member of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, pitched for Team USA in the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and threw for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. He is considered the 68th-best prospect in the game according to Baseball America.
Duffy is scheduled to pitch May 3 on the road in Albuquerque, and if the rotation holds would pitch at home on Sunday, May 8 against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.