Boston Red Sox: All Eyes Will Be On Jarren Duran as the Woo Sox Season Begins on Tuesday


The Worcester Red Sox will begin their Triple-A season on Tuesday in Syracuse.  One of the players fans will have their eyes on will be outfielder Jarren Duran. 

Photo courtesy of WooSox Twitter 

Duran has been impressive over the last year between his work at the alternate site and down in Puerto Rico.  He has looked major league ready and he could get his opportunity soon if Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe continue to struggle at the plate. 

Woo Sox hitting coach Rich Gedman raved about the top prospect this weekend. 

He’s been doing all the right things,” Gedman said.  “To me it’s just a matter of time before we see him playing in the outfield in Boston.  I’m not going to project when it’s going to happen but I think he’s on the right path.  He continues to do the things he’s doing.  It’s just a matter of time before it happens.”

“He’s turning into, as a young person, a really solid pro.  He’ll continue to get better in the outfield and at the plate and on the bases.  He’s a gifted individual, no doubt.  He’s starting to find out about himself.  I love his honesty, his freshness, his understanding of the game, how respectful he is of his teammates and how he goes about his business.  They all have talent here, but he has been separating, no doubt.”

Duran has moved around the outfield over the last week.  The Woo Sox have been giving Duran time in both left and right field.  The centerfielder could find his way to the Majors much faster if he gets acclimated to both corner outfield positions. 

In addition to working out in both corner outfield positions, Duran is displaying some serious power at the plate.  The 24-year-old outfielder has been focusing on becoming an well-rounded player.  He’s been focusing on adding size to his frame to become more durable. 

“I just worked out every single day as much as I could,” Duran said.  “After COVID struck and big league camp got closed down, I went home and immediately started working out because I didn’t want to be unprepared if I ever got a phone call to say, ‘Hey, you need to report.’  So, I made sure I was prepared for whenever they called me.”

Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran hitting during a simulated game at Polar Park. 

Chaim Bloom has been proud of his young outfielder’s development.  “He’s a real exciting player,” Bloom said.  “He’s always been really fast, he added a ton of strength, and he did not lose his speed.  He’s a real dynamic player.” 

His speed and strength were on display down in Puerto Rico this offseason.  He was named the MVP of the Puerto Rican Winter League final series.  He recorded five hits and six RBI, including two home runs, two doubles, three walks and seven runs.  

“It was awesome. I had so much fun,” Duran said of his time in Puerto Rico.  “I wouldn’t be opposed to going back and playing again.  I felt like I came to camp ready.  I had all those extra ABs and actually got to play in games.  It helped me a lot.”

The struggles of the Red Sox outfielders make it easy to connect the dots on Duran joining Boston potentially soon.  Cordero has minor-league options remaining and seems the likeliest to be demoted.  Cordero is 9-for-54 this season, hitting .176 with no home runs and five RBI’s.  

Duran’s goal is to get to Boston and stay there.  He will hope his past track record elevates him to Fenway Park soon. 

“I hope it carries over into the season and everything goes smoothly, but you never know because it’s baseball and baseball’s crazy,” said Duran. 

“You never know when or how you’re going to get called up, so I only think about getting to the field and being the best I can be that day.  I can’t control the next day, or the past day, I can only control what I’m doing right then and there.  I don’t think ahead.  I think about I’m here in Worcester, and I’m going to go out and play the best I can.  I only think day by day,” said Duran. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox: All Eyes Will Be On Jarren Duran as the Woo Sox Season Begins on Tuesday
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