The Sioux City Explorers, a team in the American Association, has announced the signing of Joe DeRoche Duffin, a member of the 2016 San Diego Force. Joe has been invited to Spring Training as a signed player and will be given every opportunity to earn his spot on the Explorer's roster. They are planning on using him as a Designated Hitter and First Baseman.
Joe had a very busy year in 2016, being named the Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference; being named to the American Baseball Coach's 2nd Team All Region; and making the First Team All Conference Team. In his Senior year, Joe had 17 Home Runs, 55 Runs batted In in 62 starts. With the Force, he hit .351 in 23 games while hitting 6 HR's and 7 2B and 23 RBI's. He also won the Southern California Collegiate Conference Home Run Derby held in Palm Springs, California during the All Star Break. Finally, at the NBC World Series held in Wichita, Joe hit .294 with 3 HR's and 9 RBI's in 5 games and came in 2nd in the Home Run Derby.
All members of the San Diego Force organization wish Joe the best of luck as he enters the next step of his playing career.