Duvall Overcomes Diabetes Diagnosis
Something wasn't right with third baseman Adam Duvall
toward the end of spring training. He lost 12 pounds. His energy level was at zero. He felt like he was amid the longest of the dog days, but it was only late March.
When he mentioned there was some family history of diabetes, the Giants medical staff checked him out. Sure enough, he was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic.
But the chronic condition hasn't kept Duvall down. Rather the opposite.
He is having a record-setting season at high Class A San Jose, and as the real dog days arrived, Duvall might have been the hottest power hitter in the minor leagues. He hit 10 home runs in a span of 16 games—including a homer in five consecutive—and matched the San Jose franchise record with his 26th blast on Aug. 8. He was hitting .258/.326/.479 overall in 461 at-bats with an .805 OPS.
"He's gained all his strength back, I think," farm director Fred Stanley
said. "We were concerned. There are a lot of players who struggle with this. He's made a real nice adjustment and this is something he's got under control."
Duvall, 23, might have begun the season at Double-A Richmond if not for the diagnosis; the medical staff preferred to keep him in San Jose to monitor him more carefully.
An 11th-round pick out of Louisville in 2010, Duvall hit 285/.385/.527 with 30 doubles and 22 home runs last season at low Class A Augusta. He is still working on his defense after committing 27 errors last year. He had 23 through 101 games with San Jose, most of them on errant throws that sail over the first baseman's head. The Giants have worked with him to alter his throwing angle so balls don't sail on him.
There's no doubt the rest of his game is on the rise.
• In the same Aug. 9 game when Duvall's home run streak ended, shortstop Joe Panik
completed an impressive run of his own. He had collected hits in eight consecutive at-bats before grounding out to second base at Stockton. Panik finished the series at Banner Island Ballpark 8-for-10 with eight runs, a double, two home runs and four RBIs.
• After posting a 1.60 ERA and striking out 54 in 39 innings with Augusta, righthander Cody Hall
was promoted to San Jose. He hit 99 mph while recording his first save Aug. 11.