Future Watch: Matt Duffy Baseball Rookie Cards, San Francisco Giants – The Giants have had some very exciting players over the years. Some great rookies too and Matt Duffy is the latest on that list. The 18th round pick in 2012 has managed to become an everyday player at the age of 24.
Standing at 6-2, 170, the slender but sturdy third baseman is hitting .300 with 12 homers and 76 RBI making him a very strong candidate to take home the NL Rookie of the Year Award this coming winter. Even if he doesn’t win it he has already opened up a lot of eyes.
His power is emerging more at the major league level which doesn’t always happen. It seems like it’s just his time. With 28 doubles and a .339 on-base percentage the California native has been a bright spot in a mediocre season by the Bay.
Two underrated parts of Duffy’s game are his excellent fielding and ability to steal bases. So far this season he has 12. In a recent game the talented rookie went 3-4, with a home run, two RBI, a steal and two runs scored. Now that’s a mouthful.
While opposing pitchers are trying to figure out how to get him out, he’s finishing the season strong and collectors have taken notice.
Matt Duffy has been completely overshadowed this season by Kris Bryant. Not only in the media but by trading card manufacturers as well. In fact Duffy has no Bowman cards of any kind and no 2015 Topps cards to date. However, Topps has confirmed that he will have cards in 2015 Topps Updates & Highlights.
In addition, his only trading card is an error card from 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks. It just so happens that the Houston Astros have a 3rd-baseman in their organization named . . . you guessed it, Matt Duffy. Beckett actually did an article on the confusion and makes for an interesting read.
Here’s a look at his first big league homer:
Here’s Duffy scoring from second base on a ball four, wild pitch!
Kris Bryant or Matt Duffy? That seems to be the race but we’ll have to wait a while for the answer.
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