Through 20 games with the Bisons, Duda is hitting .319 with seven home runs and 22 RBI. To illustrate how hot he has been, the slugger has raised his average 72 points in the last week and against the Rochester Red Wings on July 2, hit his fifth home run in as many games and has since homered six times in his last nine games.
Duda is the hottest hitter in the International League but knows things can turn at any time. The fourth-year player is just taking it one at-bat at a time and trying to make contact on every swing.
"I'm feeling a lot more comfortable at the dish," Duda said. "As far as the home runs, that's just kind of an accident. I am just trying to put a good swing on the ball and they've been getting up and, luckily, leaving the field."
As good as Duda has been at the plate, he has struggled a bit in the field. Originally a first baseman, the 24-year-old is still getting accustomed to playing left field even though he changed positions almost two years ago.
"[Lucas] has always been able to swing the bat," Oberkfell said. "He's getting better in the outfield. He hasn't played a lot out there until this year but he is improving and that is the bottom line. I was never concerned about the hitting. He's hit everywhere he has been."
Although Duda has been ripping the cover of the ball, he has maintained a humble attitude and knows he has to continue to get better every time he comes to the ballpark.
With the help of his teammates and coaching staff, Duda feels he has all the learning tools he needs to continue to grow as a player.
Looking back through the career of Duda, he has struggled at times. The big knock on him around baseball has been his tendency to strike out and his inconsistency at the plate. That has changed for Duda in 2010. He possesses an even amount of walks and strikeouts (38) in 65 games this season.
The key to cutting down the strikeouts for Duda has been tweaking his swing a bit but he doesn't think he'll ever lead the league in plate efficiency.
"I've really been trying to make contact [more often] and I've shortened my swing up a little bit," Duda said. "As far as the strikeouts go, there are probably a lot more to be had with the talent out there on the hill."
In 45 games with Binghamton this season, Duda only hit six home runs. That stat alone makes what he has accomplished at the Triple-A level even more impressive.
"There's quite a bit of difference [between Triple-A and Double-A pitching]," Duda said. "Here, guys can through off-speed strikes anytime they want and their pitches are a lot sharper. These guys have more depth and a lot more experience."
Bisons veteran outfielder Jason Pridie reinjured his hamstring on June 29 which has solidified Duda's spot in the lineup. As the second half of the season is about to get under way, all eyes will be on Duda and whether or not he can continue to swing a hot bat.