If you haven’t heard of this prospect, you’re missing out on the hottest hitter in the Red Sox organization.
The MLB Draft is a lottery, at best.
Projectability, intangibles, and raw talent are terms and phrases that are heard frequently throughout the mid-summer’s draft. The Boston Red Sox drafted a speedster out of Long Beach State that has exceeded the initial draft status of a 7th round pick – Jarren Duran.
The California product entered the season ranked as the 10th ranked prospect within the Red Sox organization per MLB.com’s evaluation. However, the speedster’s quick development has propelled him to 9th within other rankings, such as SoxProspects.
Duran was selected with plus / plus speed and the potential to develop into an every day MLB player. What was unforeseen was the scorching hot bat that was on display last season, but out of the gates in 2019 as well.
Lowell (Short Season A) – .348 / 2 HR / 22 RBI’s / 12 SB’s
Greenville (Low A) – .367 / 1 HR / 15 RBI’s / 12 SB’s
Salem (High A) – .404 / 1 HR / 8 RBI’s / 9 SB’s
As a collegiate draft pick, it’s likely that the Red Sox will attempt to push Duran through the organization ranks. He’s 22 years old, the same age as Rafael Devers, but due to the strong outfield at the MLB level he may get more seasoning in Portland and Pawtucket for a player of his age. SoxProspects has his MLB ETA at 2021.
It’s best to temper expectations for a prospect that is residing in Salem, but there’s a very high probability that Duran will end the season in Portland. Regardless of where a prospect resides, it’s hard to ignore the incredible numbers that are consistently being produced.
Jarren Duran has the ability and potential to transform his game into a Jacoby Ellsbury-type that could become a mainstay within the Red Sox outfield in a few years.