KANSAS CITY — Royals left hander Danny Duffy knows he are at somewhat of a crossroads.

A third-round choice by the Royals in 2007, Duffy has tantalized and frustrated fans and club officials. He stopped base ball while in the Minor Leagues, came straight back, fought through injuries, dazzled competitions and almost no-hit Tampa Bay in 2016 while striking out a franchise-record 16 batters.

KANSAS CITY — Royals left hander Danny Duffy knows he are at somewhat of a crossroads.

A third-round choice by the Royals in 2007, Duffy has tantalized and frustrated fans and club officials. He stopped base ball while in the Minor Leagues, came straight back, fought through injuries, dazzled competitions and almost no-hit Tampa Bay in 2016 while striking out a franchise-record 16 batters.

Since Duffy seemed to be developing into one of many top left handed starters in baseball, then he signed up a second, $65 million contract in early 2017. Less than a year after, he had been arrested for driving under the influence.

Duffy is 30 years old today, and the clock is still ticking. He is in the exact middle of the lucrative deal which runs through 2021. And he is coming from a disappointing 2018 season, as he struggled to maintain his ERA under 5.00, but ended at a 4.88 mark.

While the talent has ever been there, Duffy’s speed, which touched 9-7 miles two or three years back, has dropped to the 90-93 miles range. He had been alarmed by the falloff as anybody. And this offseason, Duffy has vowed to complete what’s required to retrieve that electric fastball and adjust his career path.

“I’ve still got me.”

Duffy has now spent the past couple of months attempting to ensure they can recover his former velocity as well as avoid those frequent trips into the disabled list. He said he feels happy.

“This offseason, I didn’t feel like that I let the whole planet down [such as later my DUI]. You have a huge amount of children awaiting you. I was sitting on a lot of shoulders. That is possibly the last time that I discuss this, but I needed — I really needed — to check in the mirror. And that I did.

“Look, I’ve been called a mind case since I was 18. But as you get old, maturity comes along. I feel I am there. I am devoted to doing that which I must do in order to help this team win. I would like to be considered a big portion of it.”

Video: [email protected]: Duffy hurls 5 2/3 scoreless with 7 strikeouts

In comparison with the 2017 offseason, this offseason has been an awakening for Duffy.

“I haven’t talked about any of it, however, I am put up with a therapist to accomplish that which we can do in order to get my shoulder healthy,” Duffy said. “I know I will [hit mid-90s] again. I am comfortable I will deal with the workload. I’ve left no stone unturned this offseason. I am 30 and still have potential. That is loony, but it’s genuine .”

Duffy has been operating with trainer Mike Swan of their Elite Performance and Rehabilitation Center in Santa Barbara, Calif..

“We are doing a lot of immunity stuff, center stuff. It’s not interesting, but I can honestly say I’ve never been focused on weight training. It’s not about being in the best shape of your life and all that stuff that people make fun of. It’s only staying consistent. It’s really a critical year, and I’ll be ready.

“I’ve worked hard such as this earlier, but never as smart as I have this year. I am aware I haven’t maxed out or anything. I know talk is cheap. I am simply being fair. I believe I am prepared to truly have a significant year. I can’t predict the future, but I am learning just as A-I go. I had a pretty rough past number of years, but I’ve a good grasp of everything I could provide.”

Duffy is pumped about what the Royals have done this offseason, adding Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore and Chris Owings.

That Royal will soon likely probably be the speediest?

Anytime you obtain of his caliber on defense, such as a Lorenzo Cain, it’s going to have a huge impact on the staff.”

Video: Flanagan discusses Hamilton’s influence on Royals

Duffy currently sees the Royals regaining their past identity of gaining an edge on the bases and in the area.

“Back in 2014 and’1-5, we definitely did everything we would like to squeeze every run out of our crime and steer clear of every jog on defense,” Duffy said. “That is who we were. We weren’t an electrical team. We’re scrappy and won a lot of close games.

“People will laugh at this, but I am not dreaming at all to state we can compete [for the division]. This division is wide open. I feel as if we’re good . It’s there for the shooting.”

Meanwhile, Duffy, as buffs may observe from his Twitter account, is among the primary supporters of the team on the other side of the parking lot, the Kansas City Chiefs, and their star quarterback, Pat Mahomes.

“I will get as much crap for this, but that I had been raised a Broncos fan with my uncle. But I Need to see the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. I would like to find this, also it is fantastic for the city. I tug to them. What’s best for the city is great for all of us. They are there for people when we won all.”

Duffy said he does not always have a romance with Mahomes yet, but he has got the utmost respect for Mahomes’ arm strength.

“The last man to shoot control this town such as he has was Eric Hosmer. The person who [Mahomes] is, he has seized this town, and I am pleased to share with you a parking lot . You’ll find guys who is able to capture this particular town. Eric Berry was one, and I think the past was Eric Hosmer.”

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