Danny Duffy likely needs Tommy John surgery

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 08: Starting pitcher Danny Duffy #23 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during game against the Boston Red Sox on May 8, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bad news for the Kansas City Royals in regards to their young stud lefty Danny Duffy:

Duffy was a third round draft choice of the Royals in the 2007 draft, going 14 spots before the Rangers took righthander Evan Reed. Duffy was one of the prized pieces in the Royals' highly regarded farm system a couple of years ago, and his success was particularly important to the Royals because of the lack of quality major league caliber starting pitching that is currently on their roster.

Assuming Duffy does undergo Tommy John surgery, he'd be expected to miss the rest of this season and at least a chunk of the 2013 season.

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2007 18 KCR-min Rk 2 3 .400 1.45 11 9 37.1 24 14 6 0 17 63 3 1.098 5.8 0.0 4.1 15.2 3.71
2008 19 KCR-min A 8 4 .667 2.20 17 17 81.2 56 26 20 4 25 102 4 0.992 6.2 0.4 2.8 11.2 4.08
2009 20 KCR-min A+ 9 3 .750 2.98 24 24 126.2 108 49 42 6 41 125 1 1.176 7.7 0.4 2.9 8.9 3.05
2010 21 KCR-min AA,A+,Rk 5 3 .625 2.74 14 14 62.1 52 25 19 5 17 69 2 1.107 7.5 0.7 2.5 10.0 4.06
2011 22 KCR-min AAA 3 1 .750 3.43 8 8 42.0 37 17 16 5 10 48 3 1.119 7.9 1.1 2.1 10.3 4.80
2011 22 KCR AL 4 8 .333 5.64 20 20 105.1 119 66 66 15 51 87 5 73 1.614 10.2 1.3 4.4 7.4 1.71
2012 23 KCR AL 2 2 .500 3.90 6 6 27.2 26 13 12 2 18 28 0 107 1.590 8.5 0.7 5.9 9.1 1.56
2 Yrs 6 10 .375 5.28 26 26 133.0 145 79 78 17 69 115 5 79 1.609 9.8 1.2 4.7 7.8 1.67
162 Game Avg. 8 13 .375 5.28 34 34 174 190 103 102 22 90 150 7 79 1.609 9.8 1.2 4.7 7.8 1.67
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/14/2012.
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