PORT ST. LUICE, Fla. -- One day after hitting a grand slam, Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Asked whether he had a special swing for such runner-on-third, less-than-two-outs scenarios, he said: "Not a swing, but I have different approach -- put it in the air and keep it in the middle of the field."
In the conversation that ensued, Duda was told of a Royals-Yankees game in 1989. A sacrifice fly by Frank White provided the go-ahead run. White batted after George Brett had grounded out. Yankees catcher Jamie Quirk, a former Royal, noted that White had a special swing, but Brett didn't. Moreover, if Brett tried to develop one, he was apt to ruin his .300-plus swing.
Duda took in the story and concluded: "Sac flies are important. But I'd trade 100 of them to have George Brett's swing."
Scouts here are rather impressed with the swing Duda does have.
"You can hear a difference. It's loud," one of them said Friday. "He's got some serious power."