All All-Conference performer during his time playing for Louisville, Adam Duvall was an 11th round selection by the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. After spending most of four years in the Giants farm system, Duvall was called up to the big leagues in July 2014 and promptly hit a home run in his first MLB game.
The next summer the Giants included the young power-hitter in a trade with the Cincinnati, which provided the Louisville native an opportunity to once again play in his hometown, this time the Bats, the Reds top minor league club. When he received the call from the parent club in late August 2015, Duvall again displayed his power potential by connecting for a home run in his first at-bat with the Reds.
Duvall, who earned a World Series ring with the Giants in 2014, became an everyday player for the Reds in 2016 and has spent the season among the MLB's leaders in slugging percentage and home runs. He entered the All-Star break with a .551 slugging percentage and tied for fourth overall with 23 home runs.
A product of Butler High School, which is just a 10-minute drive from the U of L campus, Duvall is currently in San Diego as the lone All-Star selection for the Reds. His selection makes him the first Louisville baseball alum to be selected the Major League Baseball's All-Star game.
“It’s a tremendous honor just to be named with those guys,” Duvall told the media following his selection. “I just want to represent the club well and go out there, play hard and have fun with it."
He spent Monday evening as one of eight participating in the Home Run Derby, reaching the semifinals before being ousted by the 2015 champ, Todd Frazier. He outhit the Padres Wil Myers 11-10 to advance to the semi's.
Tuesday evening's All-Star game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. start and will be broadcast on FOX.