LONG BEACH, Calif. – Matt Duffy became the 45th Dirtbags to earn a spot on a Major League roster when he was called up by the San Francisco Giants on August 1. Duffy was promoted straight from Double-A to the major league club. He will join the Giants in New York immediately when they open a series today against the New York Mets.
Duffy was leading the Eastern League with a .332 batting average until he was promoted on August 1. Earlier this season, he was named an Eastern League All-Star and started the All-Star game at shortstop. He had 24 doubles, three home runs and 62 runs batted in for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Duffy was a second team All-Big West selection at second base in 2011. The Giants drafted Duffy in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft with the 568th overall pick. He spent his first summer with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Giants Single-A short season affiliate. He was promoted to the Single-A Augusta Greenjackets in 2013 and again to the High-A San Jose Giants after 26 games. He began the 2014 season with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and played 97 games this summer until his call up.
Duffy is the 45th Dirtbag to reach the Major League level and the 13th Dirtbag on an active roster this season. He is the first Dirtbag called up to the MLB since the Braves brought up Joey Terdoslavich on July 4, 2013. Both Terdoslavich and Shane Peterson made their Major League debuts last year and remain on their respective teams 40-man rosters.
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