Full name is Daniel Richard Duffy...resides in Lompoc, Calif., with wife, Sara...Participated in three Royals FanFests (2011, 2013, 2016) and 2012 and 2013 Royals Caravan...also was involved in calendar shoots for Braden's Hope for childhood cancer research, the annual Gloves for Kids fundraiser and the Royals Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament...co-hosted a Challenge Your Fashion fundraiser with Luke and Ashley Hochevar in 2014...Graduated from Cabrillo High in Lompoc, Calif., in 2007...went 5-3 with a 0.60 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 58.2 innings as a senior...turned down a scholarship offer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to sign with the Royals...Attended one of the MLB Youth Academy's Southern California Showcases as an amateur.
Set career highs in wins (12), starts (26), innings (179.2) and strikeouts (188) while leading Royals' starting pitchers in ERA (3.51)...Pitched to a 3.00 ERA (6 ER in 18.0 IP) in 16 relief appearances before joining the starting rotation on May 15...Went 12-3 overall (.800), matching Larry Gura (.800, 16-4) in 1978 for the best winning percentage in franchise history (min. 15 decisions)...Set the Royals record for strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher (188), surpassing the previous high of 156 by Bill Butler in 1969...Held left-handed batters to a .183 average (20-for- 109), fourth best in the AL (min. 100 lefties faced)...Allowed just three extra-base hits to left handers all season, including one home run to Rougned Odor on July 22, which snapped a streak of 361 regular season at-bats without allowing a home run to a lefty, dating back to Aug. 27, 2011 (Jim Thome)...Won 10 straight decisions from June 11-Aug. 21, the longest winning streak by a Royal since Jeremy Guthrie won 10 straight from Aug. 8, 2012-May 9, 2013 and one shy of the franchise record held by Rich Gale (June 17-Aug. 23, 1980) and Paul Splittorff (Aug. 13, 1977-April 22, 1978)...During his 10-game winning streak, he led AL hurlers in innings (95.2) and WHIP (0.98), tied for first in opponents' average (.209) and strikeouts (98), tied for second in wins (10) and third in ERA (2.35)...His 14-start unbeaten streak was tied for the third longest in Royals history, trailing Jeremy Guthrie's 18-start unbeaten streak from Aug. 8, 2012-May 9, 2013 and Paul Splittorff's 16-start unbeaten streak from Aug. 13, 1977-April 22, 1978...Went 7-0 at home, joining Steve Farr (1986) and Larry Gura (1977) as the only Royals to finish a season 7-0 at home…among all pitchers in 2016, only Andrew Miller (8-0) had more wins without a loss at home...Hasn't lost at Kauffman Stadium since Sept. 5, 2015, setting a new club record for consecutive home starts without a loss (15), surpassing the previous mark held by Kevin Appier (12) and Bret Saberhagen (12)...Threw 61 of his 76 pitches for strikes (80.3%) on May 27 vs. the White Sox, the highest strike-rate by a KC starting pitcher since pitch-count totals are available (1988)...Recorded his 500th career strikeout on Aug. 27 at Boston, becoming the 15th pitcher in Royals history to reach the 500-strikeout mark and the fifth left hander...Recorded a then-career-high 10 strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the White Sox on June 11, joining Paul Splittorff as the only Royals left handers to record a double-digit strikeout game over at least 6.0 shutout innings...Named Royals Pitcher of the Month in both June and July...went 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA (13 ER in 36.0 IP) and 45 strikeouts in June, while he was 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA (12 ER in 34.0 IP) over five starts in July...Recorded his first Major League hit and RBI on July 2 in Philadelphia, reaching on an infield single to the shortstop to score Cheslor Cuthbert...Pitched 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks on June 27 vs. St. Louis and 8.2 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks in his next start at Philadelphia on July 2 to become the first Royals left hander to record consecutive starts of at least 8.0 innings, eight strikeouts and no walks...Had a streak of 88 straight batters faced without issuing a walk from June 22 to July 7...Recorded at least seven strikeouts in five straight starts from June 22-July 16, tied for the second longest such streak in Royals history, trailing only Zack Greinke (6 straight) from April 8-May 4, 2009...Set a franchise record with 16 strikeouts on Aug. 1 at Tampa Bay, surpassing the previous record held by Zack Greinke (15 on Aug. 25, 2009 vs. Cleveland)… didn't allow a hit until the first batter of the eighth inning and finished with 8.0 scoreless innings…joined Randy Johnson as the only left handers since 1913 to record at least 16 strikeouts and allow one-or-fewer hit...Tossed his first complete game on Aug. 11 vs. the White Sox, allowing seven hits and no walks on 98 pitches...it was first no-walk complete game by a Royal since Jason Vargas on Aug. 13, 2014...Went 11-1 with a 2.66 ERA (41 ER in 138.2 IP) through his first 35 appearances (19 starts) through Aug. 21…over his last seven starts, he went 1-2 with a 6.37 ERA (29 ER in 41.0 IP)...Finished the season with 9.21 strikeouts-per-nine innings (188 K in 183.2 IP), the second best rate in Royals history, trailing Zack Greinke (9.50) in his 2009 Cy Young Award winning season.
Duffy spent a majority of the year in the Royals rotation, but was moved to the bullpen for the last two weeks of the regular season…posted a 7-8 record with a 4.08 ERA over 30 appearances (24 starts)...Did not allow a run in six relief appearances, spanning 8.1 innings…had a 4.35 ERA as a starter...Held left-handed hitters to a .239 batting average (26-for-109) with just six extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple) for a .303 slugging percentage…fellow lefties hit just .140 (7-for-50) against him over his final 17 appearances...Posted a 2-0 record and a 2.93 ERA (13 ER in 40.0 IP) in nine daytime appearances, including six starts...Won his first two decisions, posting a 3.45 ERA over his first five starts…struggled in three May starts (0-3, 13.03 ERA) before being placed on the disabled list...Missed 24 games with left biceps tendonitis, between May 25 and June 24...Went 5-2 with a 3.04 ERA over 11 starts in July and August...Tossed a career-high 8.0 innings in a 4-1 win at U.S. Cellular Field…did not allow a run until Tyler Saladino hit a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning...Recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work at Camden Yards on September 11…did not earn a decision after the O's rallied against the KC bullpen...Collected his first Major League save on September 20 in Detroit, pitching the final 4.0 innings of a 10-3 triumph… it marked the first 4.0-inning save by a Royals pitcher since Kris Wilson on May 31, 2001...Made six relief appearances, going 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA (4 ER in 6.0 IP), allowing no walks and nine strikeouts...Picked up his second career postseason win in Game #2 of the ALCS vs. Toronto, pitching a flawless seventh in front of a five-run rally in the bottom of the inning...Appeared in three World Series games, surrendering just one run on a solo shot to Michael Conforto in Game 4 at Citi Field.
Danny spent a majority of the season in the Royals' starting rotation, going 9-12 with a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts (31 overall appearances)...Recorded a career-high 113 strikeouts in 149.1 innings...Had a deceiving record as he ranked fifth in the A.L. in ERA (2.53), fifth in opponents' batting average (.209) and ninth in WHIP (1.11) among hurlers with at least 140.0 innings...His .209 opponents' average was the lowest by a KC lefty, and third-lowest in club history overall by a hurler with at least 140.0 frames...Especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .137 batting average (17-for-124), second-lowest in the Major Leagues by a pitcher that faced at least 100 lefties...Held left-handed hitters to a .121 average (7-for-58) over his final 10 starts...Held the opposition to a .185 batting average (43-for-232) at home, posting a 2-4 record and a 2.67 ERA (20 ER in 67.1 IP) at 'The K'...went 7-8 with a 2.41 ERA (22 ER in 82.0 IP) on the road...Recorded a 4-3 mark and a 2.23 ERA after the All-Star break...His post-All-Star break ERA ranked 10th among A.L. starting pitchers...Received the lowest run support in the American League (3.38 runs/9.0 innings) among pitchers that made at least 25 starts...Opened the year in Triple-A Omaha, but was recalled on April 11 making just one start for the Storm Chasers...His first six appearances came out of the bullpen as he went 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA, tallying 11 strikeouts in 8.1 frames as a reliever...Retired the first 20 hitters he faced on May 17 vs. Baltimore in a 1-0 win...His bid at perfection was broken up by Adam Jones' two-out single in the seventh...It was the second-most consecutive batters retired to start a game, one shy of Bret Saberhagen's club-record 21 on June 22, 1985 vs. Seattle...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, to help blank the Cardinals, 6-0 at Busch Stadium on June 2...he and three relievers combined for KC's first-ever regular-season shutout at St. Louis...Threw just one pitch in his September 6 outing at Yankee Stadium, before leaving with stiffness in his left shoulder, missing two turns in the rotation.
Danny worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, making five Major League starts in August and September. Carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning on August 16 at Detroit, tossing 6.0 shutout innings in his first MLB win since May 3, 2012. His 1.85 ERA was second-best in the A.L. among pitchers that made at least five starts (Clay Buchholz, 1.74). Recorded a career-best 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings from August 16 to September 2, which spanned three Major League starts. Did not lose a decision after June 5, including 18 outings with Northwest Arkansas (AA), Omaha (AAA) and KC. Averaged 11.35 strikeouts per 9 IP over his 16 minor league appearances ... set a single-game record at Northwest Arkansas, fanning 13 over 5.1 innings, July 17 at Tulsa.