Chris Duffy Gets Called Up By Pittsburgh Pirates

April 7, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Former Arizona State baseball player Chris Duffy is set to become the 81st Sun Devil to play in the major leagues as he was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Duffy (Glendale, Ariz.) had a solid spring training in big league camp in which he hit .339 with one home run and 13 RBI. He was one of the last cuts made and was set to play in Indianapolis' season opener today. Duffy will join the Pirates in San Diego for their three-game series with the Pirates at Petco Park (Apr. 7-10).

'I am very proud of Chris and it is a great thrill to see any of our former players get the chance to achieve a lifelong dream,' said Arizona State Head Baseball Coach Pat Murphy. 'We have a bunch of players that are close to getting that call and it is going to be exciting to watch them perform at that level.'

Duffy was recalled to the 25-man roster after infielder Jose Castillo was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stained oblique muscle in his left side. In four seasons in the Pirate organization, Duffy combined to hit .297 (507-for-1707) with 85 doubles, 21 triples, 20 home runs and 116 stolen bases. He hit .309 (140-for-453) with 23 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI in 2004 for Double-A Altoona.

In his only season at Arizona State in 2001, Duffy earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after hitting .373 (75-for-201) with four home runs, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He was the 8th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001. He also played at South Mountain Community College and prepped at Glendale's Mountain Ridge High School.

Duffy's Arizona State Statistics:Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%2001....  .373  49-48   201   46   75   6   2   4   37   97  .483  22   6  34   2  .446   2   5  20-25    93   4   2  .980TOTAL...  .373  49-48   201   46   75   6   2   4   37   97  .483  22   6  34   2  .446   2   5  20-25    93   4   2  .980

Duffy's Career Minor League Statistics:YR Club LG CLASS POS AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI GW SH SF HB BB IB SO SB CS GDP SLUG OBP TPA01 Williamsprt NYP A OF .317 64 221 50 70 93 12 4 1 24 0 4 2 17 33 1 33 30 5 0 .421 .440 27702 Lynchburg CARO A OF .301 132 539 85 162 229 27 5 10 52 0 10 3 12 33 1 101 22 7 1 .425 .353 59703 Altoona EAST AA OF .273 137 494 84 135 173 23 6 1 42 0 8 3 20 44 6 78 34 12 7 .350 .355 56904 Altoona EAST AA OF .309 113 453 84 140 199 23 6 8 41 0 6 0 17 33 2 77 30 8 4 .439 .378 509------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MINOR LEAGUE TOTALS .297 1707 507 85 20 0 8 143 289 32 .407 1952 446 303 694 21 159 28 66 10 116 12 .372

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