Let somebody named Jarren Duran make you feel a little better about the Red Sox

Rob Bradford
April 10, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Now that the ring ceremony is complete there isn't much to celebrate for Red Sox fans these days. Starting 3-9 will do that.

So if they want to get creative in the search for optimism a worthwhile exercise would be to take a look at player by the name of Jarren Duran.

Duran is an outfielder for the Single-A Salem Red Sox who is becoming slightly more than just an intriguing prospect. In fact, one major league executive says when it comes to other teams' trade interests Duran has become one of the most asked about prospects in the Red Sox system.

Drafted in the seventh-round out of Long Beach State last June, Duran was a second baseman who was quickly moved to the outfield by the Red Sox. (So, if you want to start making those Mookie Betts comparisons, go ahead, but do so at your own risk.) And since collecting paychecks to play pro ball, he has absolutely torn it up, with the first week of the 2019 season serving as the latest example.

Heading into Wednesday, Duran is hitting 10-for-20 (.500) with a 1.174 OPS in five games. Sure, a very small sample size. But considering what he did both in Single-A Lowell and Greenville last season it's should raise some eyebrows.

In 37 games with the Spinners he hit .348 with a .941 OPS before moving on to Greenville where the production kept on going, as Duran managed a .367 batting average and .872 OPS with the Drive. His game is built more for speed than power, totaling 25 stolen bases and just three homers. But it's hard to ignore the impact the 6-for-2 outfielder has on a game, which was evident even during his seven-game Grapefruit League stint this past spring training (4-for-12, stolen base).

Click here for a couple of good write-ups on Duran by the Over The Monster and BoSox Injection blogs.

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