Brian Duensing is the little lefty rookie pitcher who will face the Yankees in Game One of the 2009 ALDS.
He was taken in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft by the Twins – out of the University of Nebraska. Duensing was a college teammate of Zach Kroenke that season – who was taken by the Yankees later in that same draft. Joba Chamberlain and Alex Gordon also played on that 2005 University of Nebraska team.
Here are his Triple-A stats from the last two seasons:
While that doesn’t appear impressive, in his last 7 big leauge starts this season, from August 22nd through September 29th, Duensing had an ERA of 2.64 in 47.6 IP while allowing a BA/OBA/SLG line of .268/.328/.352 (facing 197 batters in the process).
It will be interesting to see how the 26-year old does under the pressure of facing the Yankees, in the Bronx, during the post-season.