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Twins waive Tyler Duffey after a decade in the organization – Twins


The recovered twins Tyler Duffey from Rice University in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Throughout his collegiate career, he posted impressive numbers (2.25 ERA, 11.6 K/9), but the team used as a lifter. Minnesota signed him and moved him to a starting pitching role. Duffey slowly worked his way through the team’s farm system, and his numbers seemed to improve with each promotion before earning his first call-up.

At 24, Duffey made his major league debut and impressed in his first ten starts. He posted a 3.10 ERA with a 131+ ERA and 8.2 K/9. It looked like he could fit into the team’s long-term plans as the organization looked to climb out of the bottom of the American League. His second season saw a slump as his ERA jumped to 6.43 and he had a WHIP of 1.50. Minnesota decided to transfer him to a relief role after the 2016 season, but there were also difficulties with that transition.

From 2017-18, Duffey played in 75 games with a 5.53 ERA and an 86-to-22 strikeout ratio. Some pitchers may find more success as relievers due to increased speed and a single secondary pitch. Things still didn’t click for Duffey, but a coaching change could have made all the difference.

Wes JonsonDuffey’s arrival on the coaching staff marked a turning point for Duffey as he became one of baseball’s top relievers for several seasons. From 2019-2021, Duffey posted a 2.69 ERA (163 ERA+) with a 1.06 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 144 innings. Minnesota was able to use Duffey in a firefighting role when he found himself in difficult situations and got the team out of traffic jams. Added Duffey’s win probability was nearly two more wins than any other reliever for the Twins in that three-year run.

Relievers can be finicky, and signs of Duffey’s decline have started to show in recent seasons. His speed has declined for three straight years, and the 2022 season was his worst as a reliever. It ranks in the 15th percentile or lower in Average Exit Speed, xBA, Hit %, and xSLG. Only Emilio Pagan and Jharel Cotton compiled a lower WPA among Minnesota relievers in the 2022 campaign. Duffey has seen himself move up and down the reliever hierarchy this season, but his inconsistency ultimately forced the team to waive him.

For now, right-handed pitcher prospect Cole Sands will replace Duffey in the bullpen. Sands, and in particular his delivery and curveball, is reminiscent of what Duffey had in his good years. He’ll have a chance in the bullpen, although it’s very possible the team will remember as a southpaw Jovani Moran as soon as he reaches 10 days since his demotion.

Fans will likely focus on Duffey’s recent struggles as he leaves the team, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He was one of the best relievers in baseball for several seasons. He has helped the Twins win games and impacted the organization on and off the field over the past decade.

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