Dan Duffy: It's an honor. There's a lot of baseball teams and they're the best. There's baseball and then there's the Yankees. That's how I see it. They're set apart. It's an honor to be drafted, but especially by the Yankees.
PinstripesPlus: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Yankees?
Duffy: I'm a hard-nosed player. I'm a gamer. I give it all I got, and that's what the Yankees are all about. I put in a lot of hard work. You know, I'm not a big guy. I'm 5'10", but I'm a player.
PinstripesPlus: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Duffy: My defense is a strength. My hitting is a strength. My base running is a weakness. I need to work on my foot speed and on stealing bases.
PinstripesPlus: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Yankees' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Duffy: Craig Counsell or David Eckstein. Guys who don't have the most talent, but work hard with what they have. So I'd have to say someone like Craig Counsell.
PinstripesPlus: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Yankees or were you surprised when they selected you?
Duffy: It kind of surprised me. Both my brothers play baseball [Chris Duffy of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brendan Duffy, a sophomore at Oral Roberts playing in the Super Regional Final at Clemson and was not draft eligible this year]. They told my brother he'd be drafted and in what round but then they didn't draft him. They called me and said that I'd be drafted late, but I was surprised when they did call me.
PinstripesPlus: Are you hoping to follow in the footsteps of your brother, Chris Duffy, and make it to the Major Leagues?
Duffy: Yeah. He tells me stuff about the game and I learn from him. I wear the same number as him. I respect him a lot.
PinstripesPlus: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Duffy: Well, I'm basically a utility player, I can play anywhere, but I'm a shortstop. I told them that I can play anywhere, but the Yankees said they'd rather stick me there [at shortstop] because they think I'm good enough to play there. But I told them to just keep in the back of their mind that I can play anywhere.
Duffy: Something that happened back in the 8th grade, for a traveling team my Dad coached called Series Baseball. It was a play-off game and we were up by one run, and we stopped the winning run with a play at the plate. I haven't played in any state or high school championship games, so that's stuck with me.
PinstripesPlus: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Duffy: When I was really young, it was Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Seattle Mariners. But now I root for the local team, the Arizona Diamondbacks and my favorite player is Craig Counsell. And of course, my brother.
PinstripesPlus: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Yankees?
Duffy: They drafted me as a draft-and-follow. I'm going to Yazapai Community College next year to play baseball. They said that's the best way for me to make more money, so they're going to follow me and keep in contact with me until next year. I'll go to school and play hard next year, and if I'm drafted in the first 20 rounds, I'll sign because I'm looking to get out of here.