PN Interview: 1B Prospect Chris Duffy – Phillies Nation

PN Interview: 1B Prospect Chris Duffy

First baseman Chris Duffy has been excellent this season for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Through 41 games in the South Atlantic League, the 24-year-old has tallied a .373 batting average with 5 HR and 32 RBI. Additionally, the lefty hitting slugger has reached base via hit or walk in all but one of his 41 games for the BlueClaws this season.

The 26th round draft pick out of the University of Central Florida in 2010 also spent some time at Class A Advanced Clearwater this year, but after posting a .205 average with 2 HR and 9 RBI in 20 games, Duffy returned to Lakewood.

Prior to this year, the 6-foot-2-inch 210-pound Duffy posted a .281 overall batting average with 12 HR and 59 RBI in two seasons with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Recently, I spoke with Chris about his success in Lakewood, time spent with the Phillies’ Ryan Howard, his mental focus and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear that full interview.


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  1. EricL

    July 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Seems like a nice enough guy in the interview, but isn’t this kid kind of old for that level?

    • Jay Floyd

      July 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Yes, Eric…he is definitely on the older side for “low A”. He’s proving himself worthy of moving up though, which is good.

      Duffy is at risk of becoming the next Murphy or Rizzotti…older collegiate first basemen, who dominate at lower levels and don’t get the opportunities from the Phillies to move up at a steady pace.

      He’s a fun guy, doing some great offensive things and had good stuff to say about Howard, so I wanted to run the interview in full, rather than write a feature on him with the basic quotes.


    July 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    The kid will never see the Majors as a first baseman in a Phillies uniform unless he learns to play the outfield. Simple as that. And a shame.

    • schmenkman

      July 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      I don’t see how it’s a shame. There are 29 other teams out there, and other than that the Phillies are his current employer I doubt he cares which team ultimately gives him a chance. All he needs to worry about is to continue improving so that someday he either a) makes the Phillies as a bench player, or b) is traded to an organization where he can be better utilized. And that’s assuming the NL doesn’t adopt the DH before Howard’s contract ends.

      • Jay Floyd

        July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        I’ve talked with plenty of guys that have that mentality of “auditioning for other organizations” at all times. Surprisingly, Darin Ruf (Reading’s all-star 1st baseman) stated this year that he does NOT think that way and intends on doing his best to climb the ladder for the Phillies. Ruf says there are 29 other Double-A 1st baseman that want to make moves for those other org’s and playing for them is not ever on his mind.

        I certainly don’t talk to every player about that matter, but I think Ruf is the only guy I’ve discussed that with who says it isn’t on his mind.

        Matt Rizzotti was always thinking that way and even young guys like Maikel Franco & others have admitted they ponder such things fairly often.


    July 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Schmenkman really knows how to stretch a modicum of baseball knowledge. Give him credit for his passion, but not for his perspicacity.

    • Lefty

      July 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Yeah, you’d think the guy would wear a little anti-perspicant, ( j.k. Schmenk) Of course you’re one to talk, Shart! ( I seriously had to look “perspicacity” up, stop using such fancy words)

    • schmenkman

      July 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      LOL – thanks for the kind words Bart!


    July 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    At least the Phils did not lose tonight.

  5. c schreiber

    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Missed the game last night how did we lose it?

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