Circling the Bases... with Ryan Duffy
Dec. 29, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – GopherSports.com asked the tough questions of Minnesota’s nine rookies ahead of the 2018 spring season. Next up, we get to know Gopher freshmen pitcher Ryan Duffy by “circling the bases.”

One of several local products in the crop of rookies for 2018, the southpaw Duffy arrives on campus after a standout career at South St. Paul high school. Prep Baseball Report called him the no. 3 overall prospect from Minnesota last year while Perfect Game ranked him the no. 2 left-handed pitcher in the state. Rawlings and Perfect Game named him a 2017 All-American Honorable Mention. He also racked up six All-Conference selections during his prep career as a wrestler and was an All-Star two-way player on the football field for South St. Paul.

HIT & RUN
Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Craig Morgan
Favorite Movie: Magnificent 7
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Book/Author: Swan Song
Favorite Actor or Actress: Scarlett Johansson
Favorite Restaurant: Dairy Queen
Favorite Game/Video Game: MLB The Show
Favorite Social Media or Website: Twitter
Favorite Professional Athlete: Conor McGregor
Favorite Professional Team: Twins
Favorite Hobby (outside of sports): fishing
Dream Vacation Spot: Ireland
Prized Possession: Irish flag
Biggest Pet Peeve: sound of scratching
Biggest Fear: Spiders
First Job (and age): dishwasher (16)
Person You’d Like to Meet: Conor McGregor
Something You Never Leave Home Without: socks
Sport You’d Like to Try but Never Have: dance

GopherSports.com: Why did you choose the University of Minnesota?
RD: “I chose Minnesota because it had been a lifelong dream to play in a Maroon and Gold uniform.”

GS:  When did you first start playing baseball and how did you get involved in the sport?
RD: “I first played baseball at the age of 5 in tee-ball. My dad got me into the sport because I was left handed and could throw well for a 5 year old.”

GS: What would you say is your biggest strength in your sport? What is an area of improvement?
RD: “My biggest strength as a pitcher is my ability to throw strikes with all of my pitches.  An area to improve on is throwing more quality strikes.”

GS: Do you have any game day rituals?
RD: “I have no pregame rituals.”

GS: What is your most memorable moment of playing your sport?
RD: “My most memorable moment playing baseball was when my high school teammate made a diving catch in sections to beat the returning state champs.”

GS: Who has been the biggest influence on your athletic career?
RD: “My dad. He put me in all of my sports and took me to camps, always working to make sure I was getting better and playing to my potential.”

GS: Did you play any other sports besides baseball?
RD: “I also participated in wrestling and football.”

GS: What are you most looking forward to for this upcoming season?
RD: “I am most looking forward to soaking everything in and learning from the coaches and players so that I can take my game to the next level.”

GS: Do you have any advice for aspiring youth athletes?
RD: “Play as many sports as you can for as long as you can.  Stay passionate and appreciate everything that comes your way.”

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