Lucas Duda Called Up To The Majors By The New York Mets|
Sept. 1, 2010
NEW YORK -- Former USC outfielder Lucas Duda (Riverside/Arlington HS) was called up today by the New York Mets, becoming the 97th Trojan in the program's history to play in the major leagues. Duda was hitting .314 with 17 home runs in 70 games for Buffalo (AAA) after beginning the season with Binghamton (AA).
In his three-year career at USC (2005-07), Duda batted .275 in 143 games (125-for-454) with 11 home runs and 81 RBI. His best season was in 2007 when he batted .280 and led the Trojans with seven home runs, including March 25 when he had two home runs and six RBI against No. 17 Arizona State. In the game against the Sun Devils, Duda hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and a two-run walkoff homer in the ninth for the 14-13 victory.
He has batted .304 in the minors since he was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 draft by the Mets.