Monday night, after the Royals won 6-0 against the Texas Rangers in dominating fashion, Danny Duffy got the news that he had been anticipating since after the first week of Spring Training; Yordano Ventura had won the battle for the final rotation spot.
However, what he heard next might have come as a little surprise.
Earlier in the spring, Dayton Moore and Ned Yost had both been quoted as saying that the loser of the final rotation spot battle will start the season in Omaha.
After it became apparent that Ventura was running away with the spot, rumors had circulated that Duffy had requested to stay on the big league roster and test his luck in the bullpen. If this is true, Duffy got his wish.
Last night it was announced that Danny Duffy will now compete for a spot in the bullpen. But is this the right thing for him?
Danny Duffy has electric stuff, and traditionally, his type of talent ends up in the bullpen. Mainly because pitchers with that kind of stuff don’t have the endurance or control to be a starter.
To this point in his career, that scouting report could be completely true for Duffy.
However, we have seen Danny Duffy thrive. It is my belief that Duffy is worth more than a spot in the bullpen- probably as a long reliever.
Duffy is homegrown talent that we have imagined leading a future Royals’ rotation for quite some time.
If you ask me, I don’t think Duffy has seen his last chance to be a starter. Heck, the Royals’ front office was still giving Luke Hochevar a shot up until he injured himself.
Mark my words, Duffy will find his way into the starting rotation by the All Star Break, one way or another.
It may just be me dreaming, but I see more in Danny Duffy than what we have seen so far in his career.