All but blocked from Yanks, Duncan still dreams of bigs

Mo feels strong after throwing BP session
Open Thread: Recapping an early weekend marathon

He wasn’t invited to Spring Training, but Eric Duncan was summoned for today’s split-squad game as a bench player. Mike profiled Duncan earlier this month, just ahead of the A-Rod injury. No one thought, nor does anyone currently think, that Duncan can step into even a substitute role at this point. That doesn’t mean he’s not trying anymore.

He’s failing for sure — a .233/.295/.366 line as a 23-year-old in AAA is about as far from inspiring as you can get — but it’s not for lack of effort. Yet now with both corner infield spots locked down for the next eight years, Duncan realizes that if he’s going to become a major leaguer — and that’s his stated goal — it might have to be with another team. He’ll be a minor league free agent after this season, and if he performs well he might catch on with a team that has an opening.

He doesn’t blame the Yanks, though. From Mark Feinsand:

“Seeing those guys get locked up at the corners isn’t the frustrating part, because you know the Yankees are going to do whatever they have to do to win at this level,” Duncan said. “The frustrating part for me is knowing I can do better than what I’ve done. I know there’s more. If I do what I know I can do on the field, the other stuff will take care of itself.”

Here’s to hoping that something clicks this year and he shows why he was so highly touted coming out of Seton Hall Prep in 2003. It’s possible, but certainly far from probable. Yet if he can find his swing this year and can handle a corner outfield role, maybe he could help the Yanks in 2010.

Mo feels strong after throwing BP session
Open Thread: Recapping an early weekend marathon
  • anonymous

    I was shocked that line drive got caught today when I saw it come off the bat. The camera didnt pan over to 1st and it took a minute for them to change angles and get a shot so I didnt see the play. I thought, Miranda did that? No..

    Nice play today.

  • zack

    It still blows my mind that Duncan is only going to be 24 this season. Not only does it seem like he’s been around forever, but he’ll be entering his 3rd season at AAA. Its crazy because being that young, he could still in theory put it all together NEXT season, and still not be before his prime.

    I don’t think he ever WILL put it together, but I root for the guy and always will.

  • GG

    Dude is a class act.

  • nyguru

    Sounds like he needs to get his head on straight. He has the physical potential…

  • Dave M

    I know I’m rooting for him to do well.

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  • sjl

    thinking ahead –
    I hope he *does* have a great spring/summer in the minors & gets invited up for a September push …
    would b just great!