The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Lucas Duda on July 27th for a low level minor league pitcher, Drew Smith.
Since then, Duda has played in just fives games for the Rays, making his presence known immediately as he launched a solo homer during his first game in a Rays uniform. The following day, it would be deja-Duda as he hit another shot, seemingly playing pepper with the third deck in right field at Yankee Stadium.
During his third game he showed he was — in fact — mortal as he collected a hit that somehow didn’t leave the stadium, he still scored a run, of course.
That wrapped up the Rays series in New York and they traveled down to Houston, where Duda decided to grace the Houstonians with his power as he belted yet another home run.
Then, in yesterday’s game — Duda’s 5th as a Ray — he came within inches of a couple of homers, but the powers that be decided to limit him to a double and a loud out.
All of this has built up to him being an incredible offensive acquisition already.
He has six hits, including a double and 3 HR over 22 plate appearances, leading to a 269 wRC+. Duda has also brought his walk game from Queens as he has walked four times (18%) already.
Realistically, it’s doubtful Duda will be able to keep up this level of production for the rest of the season, but he’s sure been fun to watch since his arrival.