UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney has done many things for his program in his fifth year on the job. Not only has he created a winning environment with back-to-back regional appearances, but also welcomes back former Knights who have wrapped up their professional seasons.
Every fall, and early in the spring, if you stop by the UCF baseball complex you will see many familiar faces who helped put UCF back on the map. One of those former Knights that works out at the complex is former infielder/outfielder, and current Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer, Chris Duffy.
By the time the sweet-swinging lefty was done at UCF, he owned nearly all the offensive single-season records in 2010. He shattered the school and Conference USA marks by hitting .447 with an .850 slugging percentage. The Orlando native is also tops is UCF history with 21 homers and 81 RBI in 2010. To top it all off, Duffy was named a finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and semifinalist for the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy while receiving a spot on the Baseball America, NCBWA and ABCA/Rawlings All-America First Teams.
In his journey through the minor league ranks, Duffy ended the 2012 campaign with a .322 batting average with 13 homers, 71 RBI and 27 doubles while playing at low-A Lakewood and high-A Clearwater.
While training at the UCF baseball complex, Duffy recently chatted about his return to campus, playing alongside Ryan Howard while at Lakewood and his appreciation for being able to work out at UCF in the offseason.