Full name is Daniel Richard Duffy…resides in Lompoc, Calif., with his wife, Sara ... Participated in five Royals FanFests (2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018) and 2012 and 2013 Royals Caravan… also was involved in calendar shoots for Braden's Hope for childhood cancer research, the annual Gloves for Kids fundraiser and the Royals Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament…co-hosted a Challenge Your Fashion fundraiser with Luke and Ashley Hochevar in 2014 ... Graduated from Cabrillo High in Lompoc, Calif., in 2007… went 5-3 with a 0.60 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 58.2 innings as a senior…turned down a scholarship offer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to sign with the Royals.
Made 24 starts, going 9-10 with a 3.81 ERA (62 ER in 146.1 IP), with 41 walks and 130 strikeouts...had two stints on the disabled list, May 30-July 3 (strained right oblique) and Aug. 26-Sept. 16 (left elbow impingement) ... Made his first career Opening Day start, recording eight strikeouts over 6.0 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision at Minnesota…the eight strikeouts matched a club record for Opening Day, originally set by Wally Bunker in 1970 ... Went 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA (4 ER in 27.1 IP) through his first four starts, matching the third-longest steak in club history of at least 6.0 innings and two-or-fewer runs allowed to begin a season ... Lost his next three outings from April 25-May 7, including a 1-0 setback to Cleveland in which he pitched 6.2 innings ... Dropped a 6-0 decision to the White Sox on May 2, snapping his franchise-record streak of 16 straight home starts without a loss...it was his first setback at home since Sept. 5, 2015 (also vs. the White Sox) ... Won consecutive starts against the Yankees, May 18-23… threw 7.0 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a 5-1 win vs. New York on May 18, becoming the first since Dallas Keuchel in 2015 to record 7.0 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts vs. the Yankees…later in the year, both Yu Darvish (June 23) and Chris Sale (July 15) accomplished this feat ... May 18 marked his second career start of 7.0 shutout innings and double-digit strikeouts (also, Aug. 1, 2016 at Tampa Bay)…Paul Splittorff is the only other KC lefty to do that (Sept. 16, 1973 at California) ... Surrendered a career-high tying three home runs on July 9 at the Dodgers and Aug. 6 vs. Seattle (Game 1)…allowed just seven HR in his other 22 starts overall ... Allowed just 13 HR in 146.1 IP overall (0.80 HR/9), the seventh-best rate in the Majors (min. 20 starts) ... Struck out Tyler Saladino on Aug. 11 at the White Sox to mark the 634th of his career, surpassing Larry Gura for second most by a left-handed pitcher in Royals history… ended the season with 670 strikeouts, trailing only Paul Splittorff (1,057) ... Recorded a season-high 8.1 innings in a 1-0 loss vs. Texas on July 15, allowing the go-ahead run in the ninth on an RBI single by Shin-Soo Choo…became first Royal since Jose Lima in 2005 to lose despite allowing one run in at least 8.1 IP ... The go-ahead single by Choo snapped a streak of 21 straight at bats vs. lefties in which Duffy had not allowed a hit ... Named Royals Pitcher of the Month in July for the fourth time in his career, leading the Royals with three wins and 31 strikeouts…tied for third in the Majors with 39.1 innings and ranked sixth with a 7.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio (four walks)…recorded at least 7.0 innings in three of his six starts and held opponents to two-or-fewer runs four times ... Recorded at least seven strikeouts in five consecutive starts from Aug. 6-Sept. 17, one shy of the franchise record set by Zack Greinke during his 2009 Cy Young Award winning season ... Allowed two runs on one hit in back-to-back starts (Aug. 22 and Sept. 17) that were separated by a three-week DL stint…he won the first start on Aug. 22 vs. Colorado, but lost on Sept. 17 at Cleveland, becoming the fourth Royal to lose a start in which he allowed one hit in at least 5.0 innings…he's the first since at least 1913 to record consecutive starts of at least 5.0 innings, one hit or less and two runs or more…only four others during that time (105 years) have recorded two such starts in the same season ... Held left-handed batters to a .167 average (17-for-102), eighth best in the American League (min. 100 lefties faced) ... Lefties hit just .091 (5-for-55) over his final 13 starts…he didn't issue a walk to the last 56 lefty batters he faced (last, Jason Kipnis on May 28) ... Went 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA (5 ER in 28.0 IP) in four starts vs. American League East opponents, the best record within the division in the Majors (min. four starts) ... Recorded 130 strikeouts, totalling a $65,000 donation to Noah's Bandage Project…for every strikeout he recorded in 2017, Danny donated $500 to the foundation that provides fun bandages to kids and raises money for pediatric cancer research ... Won a gold medal with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER in 8.0 IP) in two starts, both of which were pool-clinching wins…held Canada to two hits with seven strikeouts over 4.0 scoreless innings in an 8-0 win to advance to the second round... allowed two runs (one earned) over 4.0 innings to knock out the defending WBC champs Dominican Republic to advance to the championship round in a 6-3 win.
Set career highs in wins (12), starts (26), innings (179.2) and strikeouts (188) while leading Royals' starting pitchers in ERA (3.51)...Pitched to a 3.00 ERA (6 ER in 18.0 IP) in 16 relief appearances before joining the starting rotation on May 15...Went 12-3 overall (.800), matching Larry Gura (.800, 16-4) in 1978 for the best winning percentage in franchise history (min. 15 decisions)...Set the Royals record for strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher (188), surpassing the previous high of 156 by Bill Butler in 1969...Held left-handed batters to a .183 average (20-for- 109), fourth best in the AL (min. 100 lefties faced)...Allowed just three extra-base hits to left handers all season, including one home run to Rougned Odor on July 22, which snapped a streak of 361 regular season at-bats without allowing a home run to a lefty, dating back to Aug. 27, 2011 (Jim Thome)...Won 10 straight decisions from June 11-Aug. 21, the longest winning streak by a Royal since Jeremy Guthrie won 10 straight from Aug. 8, 2012-May 9, 2013 and one shy of the franchise record held by Rich Gale (June 17-Aug. 23, 1980) and Paul Splittorff (Aug. 13, 1977-April 22, 1978)...During his 10-game winning streak, he led AL hurlers in innings (95.2) and WHIP (0.98), tied for first in opponents' average (.209) and strikeouts (98), tied for second in wins (10) and third in ERA (2.35)...His 14-start unbeaten streak was tied for the third longest in Royals history, trailing Jeremy Guthrie's 18-start unbeaten streak from Aug. 8, 2012-May 9, 2013 and Paul Splittorff's 16-start unbeaten streak from Aug. 13, 1977-April 22, 1978...Went 7-0 at home, joining Steve Farr (1986) and Larry Gura (1977) as the only Royals to finish a season 7-0 at home…among all pitchers in 2016, only Andrew Miller (8-0) had more wins without a loss at home...Hasn't lost at Kauffman Stadium since Sept. 5, 2015, setting a new club record for consecutive home starts without a loss (15), surpassing the previous mark held by Kevin Appier (12) and Bret Saberhagen (12)...Threw 61 of his 76 pitches for strikes (80.3%) on May 27 vs. the White Sox, the highest strike-rate by a KC starting pitcher since pitch-count totals are available (1988)...Recorded his 500th career strikeout on Aug. 27 at Boston, becoming the 15th pitcher in Royals history to reach the 500-strikeout mark and the fifth left hander...Recorded a then-career-high 10 strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the White Sox on June 11, joining Paul Splittorff as the only Royals left handers to record a double-digit strikeout game over at least 6.0 shutout innings...Named Royals Pitcher of the Month in both June and July...went 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA (13 ER in 36.0 IP) and 45 strikeouts in June, while he was 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA (12 ER in 34.0 IP) over five starts in July...Recorded his first Major League hit and RBI on July 2 in Philadelphia, reaching on an infield single to the shortstop to score Cheslor Cuthbert...Pitched 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks on June 27 vs. St. Louis and 8.2 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks in his next start at Philadelphia on July 2 to become the first Royals left hander to record consecutive starts of at least 8.0 innings, eight strikeouts and no walks...Had a streak of 88 straight batters faced without issuing a walk from June 22 to July 7...Recorded at least seven strikeouts in five straight starts from June 22-July 16, tied for the second longest such streak in Royals history, trailing only Zack Greinke (6 straight) from April 8-May 4, 2009...Set a franchise record with 16 strikeouts on Aug. 1 at Tampa Bay, surpassing the previous record held by Zack Greinke (15 on Aug. 25, 2009 vs. Cleveland)… didn't allow a hit until the first batter of the eighth inning and finished with 8.0 scoreless innings…joined Randy Johnson as the only left handers since 1913 to record at least 16 strikeouts and allow one-or-fewer hit...Tossed his first complete game on Aug. 11 vs. the White Sox, allowing seven hits and no walks on 98 pitches...it was first no-walk complete game by a Royal since Jason Vargas on Aug. 13, 2014...Went 11-1 with a 2.66 ERA (41 ER in 138.2 IP) through his first 35 appearances (19 starts) through Aug. 21…over his last seven starts, he went 1-2 with a 6.37 ERA (29 ER in 41.0 IP)...Finished the season with 9.21 strikeouts-per-nine innings (188 K in 183.2 IP), the second best rate in Royals history, trailing Zack Greinke (9.50) in his 2009 Cy Young Award winning season.
Duffy spent a majority of the year in the Royals rotation, but was moved to the bullpen for the last two weeks of the regular season…posted a 7-8 record with a 4.08 ERA over 30 appearances (24 starts)...Did not allow a run in six relief appearances, spanning 8.1 innings…had a 4.35 ERA as a starter...Held left-handed hitters to a .239 batting average (26-for-109) with just six extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple) for a .303 slugging percentage…fellow lefties hit just .140 (7-for-50) against him over his final 17 appearances...Posted a 2-0 record and a 2.93 ERA (13 ER in 40.0 IP) in nine daytime appearances, including six starts...Won his first two decisions, posting a 3.45 ERA over his first five starts…struggled in three May starts (0-3, 13.03 ERA) before being placed on the disabled list...Missed 24 games with left biceps tendonitis, between May 25 and June 24...Went 5-2 with a 3.04 ERA over 11 starts in July and August...Tossed a career-high 8.0 innings in a 4-1 win at U.S. Cellular Field…did not allow a run until Tyler Saladino hit a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning...Recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work at Camden Yards on September 11…did not earn a decision after the O's rallied against the KC bullpen...Collected his first Major League save on September 20 in Detroit, pitching the final 4.0 innings of a 10-3 triumph… it marked the first 4.0-inning save by a Royals pitcher since Kris Wilson on May 31, 2001...Made six relief appearances, going 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA (4 ER in 6.0 IP), allowing no walks and nine strikeouts...Picked up his second career postseason win in Game #2 of the ALCS vs. Toronto, pitching a flawless seventh in front of a five-run rally in the bottom of the inning...Appeared in three World Series games, surrendering just one run on a solo shot to Michael Conforto in Game 4 at Citi Field.
Danny spent a majority of the season in the Royals' starting rotation, going 9-12 with a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts (31 overall appearances)...Recorded a career-high 113 strikeouts in 149.1 innings...Had a deceiving record as he ranked fifth in the A.L. in ERA (2.53), fifth in opponents' batting average (.209) and ninth in WHIP (1.11) among hurlers with at least 140.0 innings...His .209 opponents' average was the lowest by a KC lefty, and third-lowest in club history overall by a hurler with at least 140.0 frames...Especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .137 batting average (17-for-124), second-lowest in the Major Leagues by a pitcher that faced at least 100 lefties...Held left-handed hitters to a .121 average (7-for-58) over his final 10 starts...Held the opposition to a .185 batting average (43-for-232) at home, posting a 2-4 record and a 2.67 ERA (20 ER in 67.1 IP) at 'The K'...went 7-8 with a 2.41 ERA (22 ER in 82.0 IP) on the road...Recorded a 4-3 mark and a 2.23 ERA after the All-Star break...His post-All-Star break ERA ranked 10th among A.L. starting pitchers...Received the lowest run support in the American League (3.38 runs/9.0 innings) among pitchers that made at least 25 starts...Opened the year in Triple-A Omaha, but was recalled on April 11 making just one start for the Storm Chasers...His first six appearances came out of the bullpen as he went 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA, tallying 11 strikeouts in 8.1 frames as a reliever...Retired the first 20 hitters he faced on May 17 vs. Baltimore in a 1-0 win...His bid at perfection was broken up by Adam Jones' two-out single in the seventh...It was the second-most consecutive batters retired to start a game, one shy of Bret Saberhagen's club-record 21 on June 22, 1985 vs. Seattle...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, to help blank the Cardinals, 6-0 at Busch Stadium on June 2...he and three relievers combined for KC's first-ever regular-season shutout at St. Louis...Threw just one pitch in his September 6 outing at Yankee Stadium, before leaving with stiffness in his left shoulder, missing two turns in the rotation.
Danny worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, making five Major League starts in August and September. Carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning on August 16 at Detroit, tossing 6.0 shutout innings in his first MLB win since May 3, 2012. His 1.85 ERA was second-best in the A.L. among pitchers that made at least five starts (Clay Buchholz, 1.74). Recorded a career-best 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings from August 16 to September 2, which spanned three Major League starts. Did not lose a decision after June 5, including 18 outings with Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) and KC. Averaged 11.35 strikeouts per 9 IP over his 16 minor league appearances ... set a single-game record at Northwest Arkansas, fanning 13 over 5.1 innings, July 17 at Tulsa.
Made six starts before injuring his left elbow on May 13 at Chicago...underwent ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John) on June 13 and missed the remainder of the season...Struck out 9.11 batters per nine innings, the eighth-highest ratio in the A.L. among pitchers who made at least 6starts...teammate Felipe Paulino was sixth at 9.32.
After opening campaign with Omaha (AAA), had his contract selected on May 18 and made his big league debutthat night vs. Texas, taking a no decision in a start...Struck out 87 in 105.1 innings for 7.43 K's/9, which is the third-best ratio among Royals rookies (min. 100 IP) inhistory...only trailed Bob Johnson (8.66 in 1970) and Tom Gordon (8.45 in 1989)...Earned his first big league win in front of over 100 family and friends in Oakland on June 14, 7-4...Struck out 9 Cardinals in 3.2 IP on June 19, becoming third pitcher since 1946 to whiff 9+ in less than 4.0 innings...Was shut down for the season due to an innings limit following a 7-4 win at Oakland on September 6...the winsnapped a 4-game losing streak and six-start winless streak.
Had an eventful 2010 campaign, taking a leave from baseball after informing the Royals on March 23...he returned to baseball activities on June 2 and made his first appearance of the season for Surprise (R) onJune 28...Quickly worked his way through the system, making 2 starts with Surprise and Idaho Falls (R), then 3 moreat Wilmington (A Advanced) before wrapping up the season at NW Arkansas (AA)...Helped the Naturals to the Texas League title, going 1-0 in a pair of postseason starts, recording a 1.69 ERA...he allowed 12 hits and 2 earned runs in 10.2 innings, walking 4 and striking out 15...Was one of a record six Royals farmhands to represent Team USA at the Pan American Games QualifyingTournament...went 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 2 starts (9.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO) as Team USA finished tiedfor third and qualifi ed for the 2011 Pan Am Games as well as the 2011 World Cup...Capped the year with 7 appearances, including 3 starts, with Surprise in the Arizona Fall League...was 1-1with a save and an 8.04 ERA...struck out 18 and walked 9 in 15.2 innings.
Pitched the entire 2009 season at High-A Wilmington as one of the youngest players in the Carolina League...Tossed 0.2 scoreless innings with a hit and a walk in the 11th annual XM Satellite Radio Futures All-Star Gamein St. Louis on July 12...Ranked third in the Carolina League in strikeouts, fourth in ERA and seventh in wins...Similar to 2008, was lights out down the stretch in helping lead the Blue Rocks to the playoffs...was 1-0 witha 1.01 ERA in his fi nal fi ve starts of the season.
Spent his first year of full-season pro ball entirely with the Burlington Bees of the Class A Midwest League...went 8-4 with a 2.20 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 102 and walking 25 over 81 2/3 innings, as he limited the league to a .193 average...was 2-3 with a 4.61 ERA (27 1/3 IP) before the All-Star break and a dominating 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA (54 1/3 IP) after...first win came in fourth outing June 4 as he shut out Clinton on one hit, three walks and a hit batsman with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings...had five other shutout victories, June 23 vs. Peoria (7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K), July 20 against West Michigan (5 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP), in his next outing July 26 vs. South Bend (5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K), a hitless effort Aug. 7 against Peoria (6 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP) and in his final game, Aug. 18 against Quad Cities (5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 HB, 7 K, 1 WP)...fanned a season-high eight on three occasions, a June 9 win vs. Wisconsin (5 IP), the June 23 shutout win against Peoria (7 IP) and an Aug. 13 no-decision vs. Clinton (4 IP).
Made his professional debut and spent the entire season with the (Rookie-level) Arizona League Royals (Surprise, Ariz.)...went 2-3 with a 1.45 ERA in 11 games (nine starts), striking out 63 and walking 17 over 37 1/3 innings, as he limited the league to a .178 average and no home runs...ranked sixth in the league in strikeouts...allowed earned runs in just four appearances and no more than 2 ER in any outing...threw two hitless innings in his first appearance, June 28 vs. the AZL Rangers, walking one and fanning four...struck out a season-high nine twice, in back-to-back efforts Aug. 9, 14, both vs. the AZL Brewers, as he combined to allow one run on five hits with three walks and a hit batsman over 11 innings to go 1-0 in the pair of games.