This will be Matt's second season as the Rays representative for the Taylor Hooton Foundation's Advisory Board…he hopes a healthy season will allow him to be more visible and make a bigger impact in kids' lives... Matt was at a bookstore during the offseason when a copy of Rich Dad Poor Dad caught his eye, prompting him to seriously explore the subject of investment…from there, he has absorbed information on the topic from various books and podcasts... He keeps his copy of The Mental Keys to Hitting, by sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman, on his nightstand and has referred to it constantly over the years…hitting was the one baseball activity he could do regularly last season, and the book's lessons helped him stay grounded during an otherwise frustrating year…Dorfman, who served as an instructor/counselor for the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays, passed away in 2011.... Despite throwing and hitting right-handed, Matt is a natural lefty…he writes, shaves and brushes his teeth left-handed... Matt's friends and family say his smoked ribs are amazing…he draws inspiration from the aptly-named Meathead: The Science of Great Barbeque and Grilling... The Duffy family cat, Skeeter, succumbed to old age this winter…he gained notoriety for his cute face and large frame, and has a dedicated Instagram account (@duffcat35) with over 15,000 followers that the family plans to maintain... Nicknamed "Duffman" at Lakewood (Calif.) High School-like "The Simpsons" mascot for Duff Beer... Matt began taking baseball seriously as a 13-year-old, when he would field 200 grounders a day from his father, Tom, a contractor and amateur photographer…his mother, Cathy, is a travel agent…his younger sister, Erin, graduated from UCLA last year and is pursuing a career in the medical field.
Missed the entire season recovering from Achilles surgery…was pulled from his midMay rehab assignment with Class-A Charlotte after 3 games due to renewed soreness in his left Achilles…on June 21, had a small calcium deposit removed from his left heel by Dr. Bob Anderson…appeared in instructional league games at the end of September.
Acquired from the Giants at the Aug 1 non-waiver trading deadline as part of a trade for LH Matt Moore…took over as the Rays starting shortstop after the deal…did not make an error in 18 games spanning 55 total chances and 153 innings at the position. On Sep 9, underwent season-ending surgery on his left heel in Charlotte, N.C. …Dr. Bob Anderson removed the bursa from the heel and debrided (cleaned) the bone abnormality …he expects to be ready in time for Opening Day. At the time of the trade, was on the DL with a left Achilles strain, which he sustained at Tropicana Field on June 19 in the Giants interleague visit…the injury snapped his streak of 188 consecutive games, at the time the longest active streak in the majors…appeared in 6 rehab games between Triple-A Durham and Class-A Charlotte. After the trade, hit .276/.300/.355 (21-for-76) with 3 2B, 1 HR and 7 RBI for the Rays...his home run came on Aug 28 at HOU off RH Michael Feliz. Made his Rays debut on Aug 12 at NYY…before the trade to the Rays, had appeared in 10 career games (6 starts) at shortstop…rose through the Giants system as a shortstop, making 230 of his 236 starts there in the minors. The Rays went 10-8 in games he started at shortstop, and 58-86 with anyone else…the Giants went 42-24 in games he started (all at 3B)-including winning his last 8 starts in a row-and 45-51 with anyone else. On Opening Day at MIL, homered in his third at-bat and tallied 4 RBI in the Giants 12-3 win…teammate Denard Span added 5 RBI in the game…prior to Duffy and Span, the last Giant with 4 RBI on Opening Day was Barry Bonds in 2002 at LAD (5). His last homer for the Giants was June 18 at Tropicana Field off the pitcher he would be traded for six weeks later: LH Matt Moore. Between the Giants and Rays, hit .356 (62-for-174) in 47 home games and .151 (24-for-159) in 44 road games. Hit .197 (14-for-71) with RISP, down from .366 (52-for-142) in 2015.
Established himself as one of the best all-around third basemen in the NL and one of the top rookies in the Majors...finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year race, falling to Chicago's Kris Byrant...received 70 points (22 second place votes and four third place votes) from the BWAA while Bryant was the unanimous winner with 150 points....Hit .295 with 77 runs, 28 doubles, 12 home runs, 77 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 149 games in his first full big league season... was anchored in the Giants' third slot in the lineup for most of the year....Duffy and RHP Chris Heston became the first set of teammates to lead MLB rookies in wins (12) and hits (169) since Chicago's (AL) Gary Peters (19 wins) and Pete Ward (177 hits) in 1963....The only Giants rookies since 1958 to drive in 70-or-more RBI in a season are: Orlando Cepeda, when he won the Rookie of the Year award in 1958 (96), Jim Ray Hart in 1964 (81), Chili Davis in 1982 (76) and Duffy in 2015 (77)....Was the third Giants rookie with at least 70 runs, 70 RBI and 10 stolen bases (also: Orlando Cepeda (1958), Chili Davis (1982)....His 46 extra base hits were the most by a Giants rookie since Chili Davis had 52 in 1982....Ranked second in the NL with a .366 batting average with runners in scoring position (COL's Nolan Arenado, .373)....Also placed eighth among NL leaders with a .310 batting average against right-handed pitchers....Grounded into 22 double-plays, the fourth-most of any NL player... Started 138 games, making 129 starts at third base, seven at second, one at short and one at first....His 149 games played were the eighth-most by a Giants rookie all-time and the most since 1986 (Robby Thompson, 149)....Ended the season having started 118 consecutive games, the third-longest such streak among active players behind Baltimore's Manny Machado (162) and Los Angeles' (AL) Kole Calhoun (153)....Also started the Giants' last 79 games at third base, the longest start streak on the club....Had a 5.5 WAR, the second-highest among NL rookies behind Chicago's (NL) Kris Bryant (5.7)....Had 91 hits following the All-Star break, the third-most in the NL behind CIN's Brandon Phillips (92) and ARI's A.J. Pollock (92)....Was invited to his first spring training, where he hit .361 and earned the Barney Nugent Award, given to the player in his first Major League camp whose performance best exemplifies the spirit of the club....Made the team out of spring training as a utility infielder and took over the starting role at third base from Casey McGehee in mid-May after McGehee had been designated for assignment...had played just three games at third in three seasons in the minor leagues and grew into the position while demonstrating remarkable offensive consistency, batting over .300 in May, June, July and August....Hit his first Major League home run off Rockies' LHP Boone Logan on April 15 at AT&T Park....Recorded his first career game-ending hit May 10 (Mother's Day) off Marlins' RHP Steve Cishek...singled home Gregor Blanco in the 9th inning, giving the Giants a 3-2 win....Drove in a career-best five runs May 12 at Houston...became the first Giants' rookie to knock in five runs since Buster Posey in 2010...also became the sixth Giant the SF-era to drive in five runs from the number eight spot in the batting order, joining Edgar Renteria (2009), Yorvit Torrealba (2004), Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2002), Robby Thompson (1987) and Bob Heise (1970)...Came short of hitting for the cycle on three different occasions: June 27 vs. COL, June 28 vs. COL and Aug. 14 vs. WAS....Became the first Giants rookie to win the Willie Mac award (since 1980), which is given to the Giants player who best exemplifies the inspiration, character and leadership that Willie Mac demonstrated during his playing days in San Francisco.
Made jump from double-A to big leagues in just his third professional season after winning the Eastern League batting title, hitting .332 (122-for-367) with 53 runs scored, 24 doubles, three home runs and 62 RBI in 97 games for double-A Richmond...Had his contract purchased from double-A Richmond on Aug. 1 and made his Major League debut that day at New York-NL...His ML debut came Aug. 1, however he appeared in a Giants-Rockies suspended game from May 22 that resumed 102 days later on Sept. 2 and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the entire game goes in the books May 22, so statistically his first official ML debut date is May 22...Batted .133 (4-for-30) with one double and five RBI in 23 games with SF...made 10 starts (five at 2nd base and five at shortstop)...The knobs of his bats were decorated by cartoonish "Duffman" decals as his nickname is "Duffman."
In 2013, he played for the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League and the San Jose Giants of the Class A-Advanced California League.
In 2012, Duffy began his professional baseball career playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.