Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Matt Duffy has made the 2016 Astros Opening Day roster.
A.J. Hinch informs Matt Duffy he has made the @Astros.— Richard Justice (@richardjustice) March 31, 2016
Duffy, 27, was an Astros' 20th round pick of 2011 draft out of the University of Tennessee. He batted .294 (144x490) with 94 runs scored, 29 doubles, 20 home runs, 104 RBIs, .366 OBP and .850 OPS in 127 games with Triple-A Fresno. Duffy was named the Pacific Coast League MVP in 2015, and the Grizzles won the 2015 PCL Championship and National Triple-A Championship.
Duffy was a September call-up last season for the Astros, hitting .375 with a double and three RBIs. This spring he is batting .170 (8x21) with four doubles, three home runs, and seven RBIs.
With the addition of Duffy, the Astros will carry 12 pitchers on the staff -- more than likely resulting in the departure of pitchers on the bubble like Wandy Rodriguez.