Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox have finally called up 24-year-old outfield prospect Jarren Duran and is set to make his major league debut against the Yankees Thursday night. The reason I say “finally” is because Duran has been absolutely dominating at Triple-A Worcester hitting 15 HR with 32 RBIs and a .946 OPS in just 46 games. Not to mention 12 swiped bags.
Technically Duran is the Red Sox’ No. 3 prospect, but with guns like these I’m willing to make an exception on the word play.
Duran was a 2018 7th round draft pick out of Long Beach State University so he’s not exactly a can’t miss prospect. Although he is another standout graduate of the Cape Cod Baseball League so the sticker on my cooler remains highly prescient. But my goodness does Duran have some tools. The kid can also fly so expect plenty of Jacoby Ellsbury comparisons early on. Check out the scouting report on his speed in the breakdown below via Boston.com
MLB.com’s scouting profile on Duran lists his speed at a 70 on a scale from 20 to 80. He puts that speed to good use on the base paths.
“Duran’s best offensive tool is his plus-plus speed,” the profile reads, “which helps him routinely beat out grounders and makes him a dangerous basestealing threat, as evidenced by his 70 swipes in 199 games during his first two pro seasons.
SoxProspects.com rates Duran as having “true plus plus speed” and here’s what they had to say about his power potential:
Power: Plus raw power after 2020 swing adjustments. Increased strength and added loft in swing allow him the drive the ball to all fields, but especially to the pull side. Showed improved power at 2020 alternate training site, and quickly showed that his swing changes work in real games in 2021, significantly changing his in-game power projection. Prior to 2020 change, had below-average raw power with a swing not geared for over-the-fence power. Speed also leads to more doubles and triples on hard-hit line drives, inflating his power numbers somewhat. Above-average power potential.
Jarred Duran taking early BP at the Stadium. Last swing on this clip was 20 rows up in the bleachers. pic.twitter.com/Puk1qo3JJc— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 15, 2021
I think it’s safe to say the people are excited. It’s go time baby.
Give me all your Jarren Duran predictions, no matter how outlandish. I have him achieving the power of flight by the 6th inning of Saturday’s game. Possible Soul Stone acquisition by Sunday.— Red (@SurvivingGrady) July 14, 2021
Welcome to The Show Jarren Duran! pic.twitter.com/TC2lDzOAtf— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) July 15, 2021