Tyler Duffey

Tyler Blinn Duffey (born December 27, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Tyler Duffey
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Duffey with the Twins in 2015
Minnesota Twins – No. 21
Born: (1990-12-27) December 27, 1990 (age 29)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 5, 2015, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through September 16, 2020)
Win–loss record24–20
Earned run average4.78


Duffey attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas.[1] He then enrolled at Rice University to play college baseball for the Rice Owls baseball team. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Tournament. After the 2011 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2] In May 2012, he was named the Conference USA pitcher of the week.[3]

The Minnesota Twins selected Duffey in the fifth round, with the 160th overall selection, of the 2012 MLB draft.[4][5][6][7] He signed with the Twins[8] and pitched for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2013,[9] before receiving a promotion to the Fort Myers Miracle of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He began the 2014 season with Fort Myers, and was promoted to the New Britain Rock Cats of the Class AA Eastern League, and then the Rochester Red Wings of the Class AAA International League.

The Twins invited Duffey to spring training as a non-roster player for 2015.[10] He opened the season with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League,[11] and was promoted to Rochester in May.[12][13] With Tommy Milone going on the disabled list, the Twins promoted Duffey to the major leagues to make his major league debut on August 5, 2015.[14] Duffey finished the season strong, ending with a 5–1 record in 10 starts for the Twins and poising himself for a rotation spot in 2016.

After starting the season in AAA due to a logjam in the rotation, Duffey was called up on April 24th. Duffey recorded his first major league hit, a sacrifice bunt, on April 24, 2016 in National League play against the Washington Nationals.[15]

On June 26, 2016, Duffey took a perfect game through 5.2 innings until it was broken up by Aaron Hicks. The Twins would still win 7–1 over the Yankees.[16] Despite his 6.43 ERA, Duffey finished the season in the rotation, leading the team in wins as he went 9–12 in 26 starts.

In 2017, Duffey was moved to the bullpen and became exclusively a relief pitcher. He appeared in 56 games and amassed a record of 2–3 with a 4.94 ERA. He made the Twins' roster in 2018 in the same role. He was sent down multiple times throughout the season to AAA, having appeared only in 19 games for the Twins. Duffey was converted into a reliever for the 2019 season and excelled in the role, registering an ERA of 2.50 in 58 games.

Personal lifeEdit

Duffey's mother, Shanna, died in 2012 after complications from breast cancer led to a blood clot.[9] His father, Tim Duffey, and brother, Travis, both reside in Houston. Tyler married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Hutchins, on December 19, 2015.


  1. ^ "The Bellaire Buzz » SportzBuzz – July 2009". bellairebuzz.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Dominant performance earns Rice's Duffey C-USA honor". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Twins select pair of Rice relief pitchers in MLB draft". Sports Update. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "BASEBALL: Bellaire's Duffey to Twins in fifth round of MLB Draft". Your Houston News. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  6. ^ John Royal (June 8, 2012). "Tyler Duffey, J.T. Chargois: The Minnesota Twins Hope the Rice Owls Can Save Them". Houston News. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Twins select a second pitcher from Rice University". startribune.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Twins reach agreement with Buxton, other picks". startribune.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Johnson, Jeff (March 7, 2013). "Mom would've been proud of Duffey's performance". Cedar Rapids Gazette. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  10. ^ Fox Sports. "Byron Buxton among invites to Minnesota Twins spring training". FOX Sports. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Twins' RHP Tyler Duffey Expected To Open Season With Lookouts". chattanoogan.com. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  12. ^ Oklobzija, Kevin (May 21, 2015). "Does Duffey callup mean something's up with Alex Meyer?". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  13. ^ "Minnesota Twins prospect Tyler Duffey hurls first complete-game shutout for Rochester Red Wings – MiLB.com News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Twins place Milone on DL, call up Duffey to start Wednesday". Star Tribune. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "MLB Baseball Play by Play – Twins vs. Nationals – Apr 24, 2016". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  16. ^ Hoch, Bryan; Park, Do-Hyoung. "Duffey flirts with perfection, Twins hit 6 homers to beat Yanks". MLB. Retrieved June 26, 2016.

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