Eric Duncan

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Eric Duncan
20100522 Eric Duncan Mississippi Braves.jpg
Duncan at Trustmark Park in 2010.
Second baseman
Born: (1984-12-07) December 7, 1984 (age 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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

Coaching career[edit]

Following his retirement, Duncan became a volunteer coach for the Seton Hall Pirates of Seton Hall University. He is also a student at Seton Hall, majoring in political science.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yankee Profile: Eric Duncan, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, dated May 1, 2007. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Duncan attended Seton Hall Prep, the oldest Catholic college preparatory school in New Jersey, founded in 1856."
  2. ^ "Prospects: All-Time Top 100 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Duncan holding his own this spring: Top prospect observing established Yanks as much as he can". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). February 27, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Rose, Van (August 26, 2007). "Hitting top form". The Times-Leader. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rockies sign pair to Minor League deals | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ Etkin, Jack (April 4, 2011). "Rockies release Greg Smith, other minor leaguers". Insidetherockies.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ MLB Transactions, MLB.com.
  8. ^ "Eric Duncan, former Seton Hall Prep great, retires from pro ball". NJ.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Marchand, Andrew. "Whatever happened to Eric Duncan? - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York". Espn.go.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 

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