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Eric Duncan

Eric Duncan
Trustmark Park in 2010.
Second baseman
Born: (1984-12-07) December 7, 1984 (ageĀ 29)
Florham Park, New Jersey
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Eric Anthony Duncan (born December 7, 1984, in Florham Park, New Jersey) is a retired American baseball player. Considered an excellent high school baseball player, Duncan was chosen by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2003 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, and became one of the best prospects in baseball. However, injuries and ineffectiveness in minor league baseball prevented Duncan from reaching MLB.

Amateur career

Duncan attended Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey, which is also the alma mater of the Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello.[1]

Professional career

Duncan was selected by the Yankees in the first round (27th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Prior to the 2005 season, Baseball America named Duncan the Yankees 2005 top prospect, and the 36th best prospect in baseball. Prior to the 2006 season, Baseball America ranked him the 86th best prospect in baseball.[2]

Duncan was drafted as a third baseman, but was converted into a first baseman while in the Yankee organization, due to the long-term contract of Yankee Alex Rodriguez.[3] However, Duncan began to struggle when he reached Triple-A.[4]

After the 2009 season, the Yankees released Duncan. He spent the 2010 season in the Atlanta Braves organization, playing for the Double-A Mississippi Braves. Duncan signed a minor league contract with an invitation to 2011 spring training with the Colorado Rockies.[5] He was released on April 4.[6] On April 19, Duncan was signed to a minor league contract by the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned to Double-A Springfield.[7] He signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on November 16, 2011 and was assigned to the Double A Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Texas League). He suffered a torn quadriceps during spring training in 2012 and returned to the field on May 5. In July, 2012, he announced his voluntary retirement.[8]

Awards

  • 2003 - 1st team High School All-American IF
  • 2004 - Midwest League All-Star 3B
  • 2006 - Arizona Fall League All-Star 3B
  • 2006 - Arizona Fall League MVP

References

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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