The Worcester Red Sox will be without star prospect Jarren Duran for a few weeks. Duran is prepping to suit up for Team USA in the qualifying games for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. The U.S. will kick off the qualiifying games on May 31st against Nicaragua.
The 24-year-old out of CSULB has played a key role in the WooSox 11-9 start to the season. Duran was picked in the seventh round of the 2018 draft by the Red Sox. He is now one of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization. The 6’2” outfielder’s play in Worcester has been nothing short of incredible, and his numbers back it up.
After starting the 2021 season 0-11, Duran quickly turned things around. He is now batting .278 and has 20 hits, including four doubles and seven home runs. To go along with his 20 hits, Duran has also driven in 12 RBIs and has an on-base percentage of .366.
In Worcester’s 7-4 win over the Buffalo Bisons, Duran was 5-5 with two home runs and three RBIs. The first home run traveled 480 feet and the second traveled 475 feet. Duran’s impressive play in Worcester along with the struggles from Franchy Cordero has Red Sox fans wondering when Durran will get his shot with the big club.
When Can We Expect To See Durran?
Duran will be in good hands, while also receiving some valuable reps throughout his time with Team USA. The team has a slew of big leaguers on the roster including Todd Frazier, Homer Bailey, Matt Wieters, Jon Jay, and Matt Kemp.
Alex Cora has been in no rush to call Duran up to the Red Sox roster, so Duran representing the U.S. team could be the best-case scenario. If Duran continues to play the way he has in Worcester, the Red Sox will have no choice but to option him to the big league roster.
Duran will not be available for the Red Sox until the conclusion of the qualifying games. His availability will depend on how the team plays in the games, but will probably be around mid-June. Duran could be lining up to join the Sox in a crucial part of the season. Duran’s play, as well as the play from the Red Sox outfielder’s, will be something to monitor in the coming weeks.