As the trade deadline looms, the Boston Red Sox have called up one of Major League Baseball’s top prospects.
The Red Sox have called up their top outfield prospect Jarren Duran who will join the big-league club on Thursday just ahead of their four-game series against the Yankees in New York.
A former seventh-round pick in the 2018 Amateur Draft, Duran quickly rose through the rankings and is listed as Boston’s No.3 prospect, the highest among outfielders. He’s also ranked as the No.86 overall prospect among the MLB Top-100 rankings.
In 46 games at Triple-A Worcester this season, Duran slashed .270/.365/.561 with 15 home runs and 32 RBIs in 219 plate appearances. He’s stolen 12 bases in 15 attempts, and considered to have “plus-plus speed” according to MLB Pipeline.
Red Sox top outfield prospect Jarren Duran could make an immediate impact
Duran, 24, turned heads at spring training with a .340 batting average and a 1.069 OPS to go along with three homers in 47 at-bats.
Of his 46 games at Triple-A, Duran has started 37 of those contests in center field. He figures to slot into center in between Alex Verdugo and Hunter Renfroe.
Rather than use a committee approach for center field which originally consisted of Verdugo, Kiké Hernández, and Danny Santana this move will also allow JD Martinez to be used exclusively as Boston’s designated hitter and keep Hernández in a utility role. Santana is currently on the injured list and utility man Marwin González is expected to land on the IL as well.
Aside from helping the Red Sox at the big-league level, there’s a chance the club could be using this Duran-promotion as a showcase for the upcoming July 30 trade deadline.
Boston will be among the buyers in the next few weeks, and if Duran performs well facing MLB-level competition it will only raise his stock.