From Duke Diamond to MLB Debut: Joey Loperfido Heads to Sugar Land, Ready for Action with the Astros

“Joey is a gamer, knows how to play, and always hits!” – Arsenal USA Founder, Joe Barth

Get ready to become familiar with Joey Loperfido’s name because it’s about to be everywhere!

Within the baseball community, the Arsenal Player Development Program offers a platform for rising players to refine their skills and build the qualities essential for young players to succeed not just in baseball but also in life. One such standout who emerged from the ranks of the Arsenal Player Development Program is outfielder Joey Loperfido. From an early age, Loperfido captured the attention of Coach Barth with his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to the game. 

“I had the pleasure of coaching Joey Loperfido from early on through high school. He was  a skinny little guy who had a sweet swing from the beginning.”

Source: Navigating The Unpredictable Path To The Big Leagues: Insights From Arsenal USA Founder Joe Barth | The Hit Doctor® USA Baseball Training (

Joey Loperfido, a product of Haddonfield Memorial High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey, first showcased his baseball prowess during his collegiate years at Duke University. In 2019, he further honed his skills with the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, solidifying his place among top prospects.

His talent didn’t go unnoticed, as evidenced by the Houston Astros selecting him in the seventh round of the 2021 MLB draft. Loperfido wasted no time, making his professional debut that same year with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. He continued to impress in 2022, splitting his time between Fayetteville and the Asheville Tourists.

In the 2023 season, Joey Loperfido began with Asheville Tourists, but his outstanding performance led to a swift promotion to the Corpus Christi Hooks after only eight games.

Now, on April 30, 2024, Joey Loperfido, a left-handed hitting outfielder and first baseman was selected to the roster and promoted to Major League Baseball for the first time. He marks the 47th Duke player to debut in MLB history and the second this season. 

Joey Loperfido wasted no time making his mark in the big leagues. In his MLB debut against the Cleveland Guardians, he delivered a clutch go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning, propelling the Houston Astros to a 5-3 lead. Despite a nail-biting extra-inning showdown, the Astros emerged triumphant with a 10-9 victory, showcasing Loperfido’s immediate impact on the team’s success.

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