Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, March 20, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 10
In recent days a prospect that had considerable buzz about him last season, Chris Duffy, was released by the Phillies. Billed by many coaches within the system as a very good hitter, the 26th round draft choice in 2010 out of the University of Central Florida had an outstanding season in 2012 with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 60 games in the South Atlantic League the lefty batting slugger sported a .384 batting average with 11 homers and 56 RBI. Additionally, in two different stints with Class A Advanced Clearwater last year, Duffy sported a .236 average with two home runs and 15 RBI.
Credited by prospects like highly regarded third baseman Maikel Franco with being an inspiration, the 25-year-old Duffy built a reputation of being a leader among toward players.
Now, faced with free agency, the well-mannered and steadily lighthearted ballplayer spoke this week about the circumstances surrounding his release.
- Okay, so clearly there was some big news that surprised some people on Sunday morning, when the Phillies released you. After a year in which you posted absolutely great numbers in Lakewood and really bounced back during your second trip to Clearwater, this wasn’t something that was expected by fans. Did this catch you completely off guard? Any other thoughts on this, as you reflect back on it?
Yes, it absolutely did catch me off guard. Usually, players don’t get released after a good season, so I figured I was clear of all that. Especially since I had been hitting well in spring training and came in shape. But everything happens for a reason and even if I don’t understand yet I will. I just view it as something I have to go through to achieve my dream. I’m a firm believer that I am limitless and can accomplish anything I want as long as I go get it. This definitely hurt, but it’s not going to stop me!