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Duffie has draft potential

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 12:14am

Last week I did a piece on the terrific season that former Evans standout Tyler Moore was having at USC-Aiken. Based on his stellar performance this year for the Pacers, Moore is a potential draft pick in June. Well, there is another Columbia County product who has a few scouts taking notice. Former Greenbrier slugger, Spencer Duffie is putting together a monster season at JUCO Powerhouse Middle Georgia.

Duffie, hitting third in the order and playing third base for the Warriors is terrorizing opposing pitchers. When I first started tracking Duffie’s numbers he was hitting .448 through 25 games.

That was 60 points higher than the hitter with Middle Georgia’s second best batting average and .149 points higher than the team’s .299 batting average. He has “cooled off” to a .406 average through 38 games on the season. He has helped lead Middle Georgia to a 29-9 record and the No. 15 ranking in the nation. In addition to his impressive batting average, Duffie seems to be adding some pop as the season has gone on. He is 52 for 128 on the season with 13 doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 38 RBI. He also has scored 38 runs, swiped 12 bases and has an on-base percentage of .503. One of Duffie’s most impressive numbers is the fact that he has walked as many times as he has struck out this year, with 25 K’s and 25 base on balls.

After completing an outstanding career at Greenbrier, Duffie signed to play at Mercer, but elected to transfer to Middle Georgia after one season. He has signed to play at Georgia Southern next season, but as a Junior College player he is draft eligible and it would not be a stretch to see Duffie be selected. Whether he goes to GSU or is drafted he will be following in the footsteps of his uncle Mark Hamlin. Hamlin was a standout player at Evans in the early ’90s and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 26th round right out of high school in 1992, but elected to attend Georgia Southern. He has a fantastic career for the Eagles, and was drafted again in 1996 in the 24th Round by the Rockies. He has several tremendous seasons in the minor leagues but never reached the Major Leagues.

The fact that Duffie is hitting over .400 should come as no surprise. He hit .443 as a sophomore at Greenbrier and .407 as a junior.

His average dipped to .345 as a senior, but he was still a three-time All County and All-Area performer for the Pack. I will be following Duffie’s performance the remainder of the season and will look for his name to be called in the June Amateur Baseball Draft.

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