Everything you need to know about Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran – CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox are calling Jarren Duran as one of the team’s top prospects is set to make his debut in the next four days against the New York Yankees. Duran certainly earned his call with a stellar game at the Triple-A level, and his promotion will bring even more excitement to the top-ranked Red Sox.
It’s unclear how Alex Cora will use his new player, but expect to see Duran start in midfield at some point over the next few days. He could also help Boston revive their offense from first place, with Enrique Hernandez potentially able to move up to second base and somewhere lower in order.
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As the hype continues to build for one of Boston’s top prospects, here’s everything you need to know about aspiring star Jarren Duran.
– Duran, 24, is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 212 pounds. He hits left and throws right.
– He attended Cypress High School in Cypress, Calif., Then played baseball at California State University, Long Beach. Speed was the name of his game in college, as he netted 26 doubles, scored 126 points and stole 49 goals in his three seasons. But his lack of power – he only hit three home runs – kept pro teams at bay during the MLB Draft.
– It benefited the Red Sox, who drafted Duran in the seventh round in 2018. He was drafted as a second baseman and only moved to the outfield in 2019.
– Duran spent time in Massachusetts before being drafted by Boston, playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Wareham Gatemen in 2017. In 34 games, Duran slashed. 281 / .397 / .368 with six doubles, a pair of triples, 19 runs scored and 10 RBIs.
– When he hit the Sox system, Duran tore up his three Single-A saves in a season and a half. He split 2018 between Greenville and Lowell, reducing .357 / .394 / .516 between the two teams. He had 10 triples and 12 interceptions in his 37 games with the Spinners.
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– He split his 2019 season between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland, starting hot in Salem with 77 hits (including 13 doubles and three triples) in 50 games. He got off to a slow start for the Sea Dogs and only hit .250 with 11 doubles and five triples in 82 games, but he swept 28 goals and was only caught eight times.
– Duran played in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game, going 1-on-2 at home plate and had the only stolen base of the game after entering the sixth inning.
– There hasn’t been a minor league season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Duran impressed at the Red Sox’s alternate site in Pawtucket. It was there that he showed his newfound power, which has spread to the Triple-A level this season.
–Duran played winter ball in Puerto Rico last December and January and was named MVP of the championship round after reaching 0.400 in seven games.
– This season for Worcester, Duran has reduced 0.270 / 0.365 / 0.561 in 46 games, crushing 15 home runs in his 219 appearances at home plate.
–Duran was outstanding in the US Olympic qualifying round last month, going 7 for 19 with a double, triple and three RBIs. But he did not make the US Olympic baseball list as the Red Sox intended to call him in the near future.
–When he does make his debut against the Yankees, Duran will join Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. as the Sox prospect who got their first glimpse of Major League Baseball at Yankee Stadium.
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– If Duran stays with Boston for the remainder of the season, he will be under the team’s control until 2027. He will not be eligible for arbitration until after the 2024 season.