General Manager Sandy Alderson brought up the names of Jason Giambi and Joey Votto while mentioning players he believes are comparable to right fielder Lucas Duda.
“I think they will end up having a similar profile: Power guys with an excellent eye at the plate. If you have that combination, you can be a superstar. Especially for a left-handed hitter, if you’ve got power, the high on-base percentage, the approach and you can hit left-handed pitching, that’s Reds first baseman Joey Votto. It’s a handful of guys, and Duda has already demonstrated that he has that potential.”
Alderson also said that Duda is similar to a young Jason Giambi whom he drafted when he was with Oakland.
Duda isn’t missing any tools offensively he said. “He’s the complete offensive package,” Alderson said. “Big guy, power hitter, good approach at the plate, hits left-handed pitching, so it’s a complete offensive package.”
You can read more about what Alderson had to say about his young slugger in the NY Post.
Now that’s high praise…
Yesterday, Duda put on another fireworks display during batting practice and launched over a dozen balls over the fence on Field 7