Q&A With Shelly Duncan

Shelly Is Getting Locked In

In the past two weeks, Shelly Duncan has more than doubled his home run total, upping his six to 13. Due to his recent hot streak, Duncan is in the top five in the Eastern League in runs batted in, runs, and total bases. His 13 home runs have him tied for first. Coming off three multi-hit games against Binghamton, Duncan sat down with PinstripesPlus on this week for a Q&A. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

PinstripesPlus: You're from Arizona and have played most of your baseball career out west. What is it like for you playing on the East Coast?

Shelly Duncan: It is definitely different. The first two weeks are the toughest because you don't know if you are in long sleeves or short sleeves. It has been a learning process figuring out how to get loose, how to get warmed up, but once I got used to it, the cold weather did not affect me that much.

PinstripesPlus: So where would you rather play then? Do you like the hot weather or the roller coaster that is East Coast weather?

Shelly Duncan: I personally like to play in the hot weather, where it is hot and muggy. It is the kind of weather where you can get warmed up and be loose all day. I can warm up at around ten and be good to go all day. But I am getting used to the weather up here and now that it is getting warmer, I won't have to worry about that pretty soon.

RAKING: Trenton Thunder slugger Shelly Duncan has more than doubled his home run total in the last two weeks.
(Photo: Bryan Hoch/Scout.com)
PinstripesPlus: In the last two weeks you have more than doubled your home run total for the season. (Shelly has hit seven in the last 14 days, raising his total to 13). Are you doing anything different at the plate or are you just more comfortable now?

Shelly Duncan: No, I think I am just getting more locked in as the season goes. Good hitters try to get better as the season moves on and try to figure out how different pitchers approach them. You get in better baseball shape, you start timing your swing more, and you basically get better physically and mentally.

PinstripesPlus: Do you feel that playing in college at the University of Arizona helped you more than if you came right out of high school, as far as being more mature when you got here?

Shelly Duncan: Yeah, but you can look at it both ways. If I played three years of pro ball, I could have maybe been the same player I am right now. I cannot say which one helps more because I only experienced one of them. But the college experience of living away from home and that type of scenario really helps you mature more as a person.

PinstripesPlus: Does your dad (St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan) help you at all with hitting?

Shelly Duncan: He helps me more with the mental side of the game, like the approach. He explains to me how pitchers will come at you. It's great because we talk every night and he has helped me become better at reading pitchers. It is definitely an advantage.

PinstripesPlus: So I have to ask, do you wear 55 because that is the number of home runs you hit at the University of Arizona to set the career record?

Shelly Duncan: (Laughing) I have never thought about that until you just said it. Actually, I was just looking for a big jersey and this was the biggest one. Wow, that is a coincidence. But no, this was what fit me so I just went with it.


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