Jarren Duran: The Red Sox Prospect That You Should Be Excited About


Jarren. William. Duran. If you are not familiar with the young outfielder, I suggest you take some time to get hip. Currently, he is the Red Sox number 4 ranked prospect according to soxprospect.com. Duran has been a pretty well-regarded prospect in the Sox system for some time. Mostly regarded as a speedy guy that plays a very good defensive centerfield. Not necessarily a skillset that fans were clambering over, if I am just being honest.

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Throughout his entire minor career this prospect has continued to develop and improve his game.  After a swing change (more like swing improvement) Duran started flashing more power than he was usually known for.  Adding pop without losing his speed and athleticism, Duran is now starting to look like a player that Red Sox Nation should get hyped about.

The power Duran added after altering his swing was noticeable.  Clips of the 24-year-old outfielder crushing home runs at the alternate training site seemed to surface every day.  Granted the pitching he was facing wasn’t good.  I mean, if you were able to stomach watching the Red Sox in 2020 than you know how bad their pitching was.  Well, Duran was mashing against the arms that were not good enough to crack the big-league roster.  It is was it is, but who he was hitting off of wasn’t what caught my attention.  It was the crack of hit bat and the places where his balls were landing.  

Now take a moment and remove your mind from the gutter.  The 2020 campaign was a bit of an eye opener for many in the baseball world even though it wasn’t in the midst of a full minor league schedule.  For many reasons Jarren Duran had the eyes of many going into the offseason.

In the off season the centerfielder went on to play winter ball in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, or what is commonly referred to as the Puerto Rican Winter League.  This is the premier professional baseball league in all of Puerto Rico.  He went on to be awarded the LBPRC Final Series MVP.  Batting .333 with two home runs, two doubles, and driving in six runs.  Duran was the catalyst for his team winning the championship and being able to play in the in the Caribbean Series.  Speaking of the Caribbean Series, Duran has yet to slowdown and is continuing to make highlight reel plays for Puerto Rico. 

He has been electric throughout the Caribbean Series.  Making diving catches, tagging up to take second base on a fly ball to right fields, legging out a triple, and smashing a home run.  Duran was selected as a starting outfielder for the 2021 All-Star Team.  Throughout the tournament the Sox prospect had a batting average right around .400, had three runs batted in, stole three bags and recorded three extra base hits (2B, 3B, and HR).  If you haven't watched any of this kid's highlights then you should head over to my twitter because they are all there.  I have to admit I am slowly climbing to the president of the Jarren Duran fan club.  

Duran may not be ready to crack the Opening Day roster, but I think after the past calendar year he has put himself the radar of the Red Sox brass.  Alex Cora commented on Duran's talent and work ethic.  “I’m very excited to see Jarren in the upcoming year and see how he can help us win some ballgames.”  Some nice words coming from Boston’s skipper. 

I hope he gets a chance at regular at bats in Spring Training.  He got some last year and, if you remember, Duran was great during 2020 Spring Training before the world shut down.  Jarren Duran tallied up 11 total bases including a home run and an OPS hovering around .800.  Most of the chatter surrounding Duran believes that he still needs some work in the minors.  He has struck out a bit much in his at bats against MLB caliber pitchers in Spring Training and winter ball, so perhaps some more time in AAA Worchester will do the kid some good.  He is displaying some really special tools and the last thing to develop is plate discipline.  There is a path to playing time as soon as this season if the Red Sox deem him ready to help the big-league club.  Jarren Duran could be a special player for Boston and I think it is time to start getting excited. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Jarren Duran: The Red Sox Prospect That You Should Be Excited About
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