Richmond Flying Squirrels players Matt Duffy and Jarrett Parker had their contracts purchased by the San Francisco Giants Friday morning. They will essentially replace the holes in the 25-man roster left by Tyler Colvin and Dan Uggla's designation for assignment.
Here's a look at the progression of both players to the major leagues, including the remarkable jumps made by Long Beach State product Matt Duffy:
Duffy began the 2013 season in Single-A ball playing for the Augusta GreenJackets. Three levels separated him from the bigs. He was called up to help the San Jose Giants' playoff run on July 21 of that year, eventually slugging .509 in his 26 games with the team.
That play earned him a promotion to Double-A Richmond to start 2014, which in and of itself was an impressive mark to reach for Duffy, who was selected 18th round by the Giants less than two years earlier. As of Friday afternoon, Duffy led the Eastern League with a .334 batting average.
Now, with his summons to Queens to join a big-league club beginning a ten-game road trip, Duffy becomes the first member of the 2012 draft class to reach the majors for San Francisco. The 2012 group featured college players drafted in the first eight rounds, so to see an 18th-rounder like Duffy reach the bigs before any of the others — Chris Stratton, Martin Agosta, Mac Williamson, etc. — is quite remarkable.
It became apparent that something might have been in the works for Duffy when the shortstop began playing second base for the first time as a professional on July 25. Now he'll start at second, and bat second in a major-league uniform.
Parker was a second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Virginia. The organization was aggressive with his assignments, as he played his first year of pro ball two levels above where Duffy started back in 2012 with Salem-Keizer. But the 6'4" outfielder spent two consecutive seasons at both San Jose and Richmond. His .275/.368/.463 line in a tough-hitting Eastern League stands out, though, and shows improvement from his previous minor league seasons.
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|AA (2 seasons)||AA||230||942||807||124||209||38||11||30||115||24||15||104||264||.259||.361||.445||.806|