Danny Duffy Returns to the Kansas City Royals

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJune 2, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 12: U.S. Futures All-Star Danny Duffy of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After leaving baseball during spring training, pitching prospect Danny Duffy will be returning to extended spring training in Surprise, AZ. This is a very good sign for Royals fans considering Duffy is a top-five pitching prospect in the Royals organization.

Duffy, 21, has a career record of 19-10 with a combined 2.49 ERA. He will most likely go to Northwest Arkansas after he leaves Arizona.

Many projected Duffy to be a number two or three starter in the Major Leagues. We will see how he does after his leave of absence, helping to illustrate whether he is the same guy he was in his past professional years.

This is great for the future of the Royals. Whatever his reasons for leaving were, he was able to overcome them and will once again strap on the cleats and throw the heat. His fastball tops out at 96 MPH, but he consistently throws it 91-92 MPH. Additionally, his curve ball is at 71 MPH, however he needs to try to throw it a little harder.

The Royals already have an ace in Zack Grienke and potentially a good No. 2 starter in Aaron Crow. But with Duffy and Micheal Montgomery coming up, the Royals could have a very good starting rotation in the future. The future looks bright in Kansas City!