Here’s your shot, Eric Duncan.
Today’s draft reminded me about all the hoopla that accompanied the Yankees taking Duncan with their first-round pick in 2003 out of Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey. To be gracious, he’s still developing. To be honest, he’s been a huge disappointment.
Duncan came into this season having hit only .253 with 49 homers in 404 minor-league games. He’s at .242/.339/.369 this season with 10 extra-base hits in 44 games. He’s not on anybody’s prospect list any more.
Duncan is only 22, so you can’t write him off. But opportunity is staring him in the face. The Yankees aren’t going to get away with Miguel Cairo and Josh Phelps forever. They need somebody to play first and it could be him if he gets hot and forces the issue.