A Look At Jarren Duran’s Numbers And When We Could Possibly See Him With The Red Sox

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.

Top Five Boston Red Sox Prospects

Every year, the Boston Red Sox’s farm system finds itself loaded with talent. This year is no different. Because there was no Minor League Baseball played in 2020, baseball fans are eager to see the return of the stars of tomorrow this season. Today we will discuss the top five rated prospects in the Red Sox organization in 2021.

5. Bryan Mata, RHP

Mata was born on May 3, 1999, in Maracay, Venezula. He was been part of the Red Sox organization since 2018. He was invited to the All-Star Futures game that season. Bryon made his Major League debut last season appearing in two games, recording three innings pitched and two strikeouts. He will start the 2021 season with the big league club.

4. Jarren Duran, OF

Duran was born on September 5, 1996, in Corona, CA. He was taken in the seventh round by the Red Sox in the 2018 MLB draft. Jarren will start off the 2021 season in Pawtucket. He is expected to get called up to Boston in the early part of the season.

3. Bobby Dalbec, 3B/1B

Dalbec was born on June 29, 1995, in Seattle, WA. He was taken by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft. Bobby will start off the 2021 campaign in Boston. He is having a great start down in Florida, as he already has four homeruns.

2. Jeter Downs, SS/2B

Downs was born on July 27, 1998, in San Andres, Columbia. Jeter was originally taken by Cincinatti in the first round of the 2017 MLB draft. He will start the year out in Portland, but is expected to be in Boston by the end of the season. Downs has already been a part of two blockbuster trades: he was part of a package sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer. He was sent to the Red Sox as part of the Mookie Betts and David Price deal.

  1. Triston Casas, 1B

Casas was born on January 15, 2000, in Plantation, FL. He was drafted by Boston in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft. Triston will start out this season with the Greenville Drive, the High-A East affiliate of the Red Sox. He is not expected to arrive in Boston until 2022. Casas is the 44th ranked prospect in all of professional baseball.

The Top Five Boston Stars of Tomorrow

With an organization packed from top to bottom with talent and many exciting young players, the Red Sox future looks bright. Boston fans hope to see the team as an annual World Series contender again soon. The American League East Division is always one of the toughest in the game, but the Red Sox will be back at the top soon.

Making Jarren Duran a Future Star

The recent news of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s signing with the Milwaukee Brewers was hard. It reminded fans of when Jacoby Ellsbury left before him. It is never easy to see your favorite players go away. There is reason for optimism though as new kid, Jarren Duran, is knocking on the door looking to be the team’s future center fielder. Duran is rated the fastest runner in the Red Sox prospect list. He has been compared by Red Sox Manager Alex Cora to a Grady Sizemore-like player. The Sizemore Cleveland prime years of course, not the end of his career Boston days.

His Baseball Background

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The 2018 MLB draft saw the Red Sox draft Jarren Duran in the 7th round. He played collegiately at California State University out of Long Beach, CA. Standing 6’2 and 212 lbs along with batting left and throwing right, the 24-year-old Duran is in camp as a non-roster invitee. He played second base in college and didn’t start playing the outfield regularly until the age of 21. Sounds like a similar story to Mookie Betts who played second base before making the majors in the outfield, doesn’t it? That will be as far as the comparisons go so far as Duran still has some seasoning to do. It may benefit him to go play some at the new AAA site in Worcester at beautiful new Polar Park.

2021 Camp Production So Far

Duran got off to a nice start with a homer against the Baltimore Orioles back on March 4, 2021. As of this writing, Duran has been wearing #93 in camp so far. He has been to the plate 11 times where he has hit a whopping .455 with two home runs and three RBI’s. His OPS has been a staggering 1.682. The expectations to replace Bradley are lofty, so I feel a stint in AAA would help ease some of the pressure. Also service time plays a factor sending a young player down for a couple of weeks to gain an extra year of team control over his contract. Another factor will be the delay of the minor league season until May. That means he would have to have alternate camp like experience for a month like last season’s experience in Pawtucket.

Is Red Sox Prospect Michael Chavis the Future at Second?

Due to modern day defensive shifts in the major leagues, the physical requirements of a second baseman have changed in recent years. Nowadays, you can spot players built like corner infielders manning a middle infield position. For Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis, the evolving nature of the position might be his best chance to get that quality bat tool of his into the major league lineup.

Mostly known for his hitting prowess, the newest addition to the Boston clubhouse is going to get a chance to show what he can do on the field. Let’s look at some of the reasons why Chavis’ stay in the big leagues might blossom into something more.

Dustin Pedroia’s uncertain status opens the door

With Pedroia back to the injured list with knee issues, the future of second base sort of Red Sox prospect Michael Chavishangs in the balance. This was supposed to be the season in which the team’s longest-tenured vet would return to full health for the first time since 2016. Another setback, albeit not expected to be serious, relegates Pedroia to the injured list. Joining him are Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt, who had been struggling anyways, leaving the Sox thin at the position. Enter Chavis.

Drafted as a shortstop, Chavis has spent most of his time in pro ball at third, while also seeing some work at first the last couple seasons. Before his call up, he appeared in five games at second in Triple-A Pawtucket. The versatility could indeed add to Chavis’ value, given his proven ability to hit well across all levels so far. If Pedroia continues to battle injuries, this might be Chavis’ opportunity to steal the position away. That opportunity is contingent on whether Holt and Nunez remained injured and/or ineffective.

The physical requirements of a second baseman have changed

Previously, teams looked for quick, agile players that could cover a lot of ground on the right side of the diamond. You needed somebody who could avoid contact on the base and still turn two. But with analytics has come more targeted field positioning, more often putting second baseman right in line with where hitters are most commonly putting the ball. With that, teams are starting to place bulkier players at second to keep their bats in the lineup. Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis, weighing in a 216 lbs., far exceeds the build of the traditional second baseman.

The Milwaukee Brewers are the trendsetters in this area, given how they have used Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas in the field. Shaw, a corner infielder with pop, and Moustakas, a natural third baseman with power, both saw significant innings at second base last season. That trend has continued into 2019, with Moustakas getting the majority of the time there. The versatility of these players allows manager Craig Counsell to keep their productive bats in the everyday lineup. This can be a similar path to get Chavis innings at the big league level.

Chavis can be a spark plug like former prospects before him

In 2016 and 2017, the Sox were in search of a spark, and in came Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers. The two top prospects emerged and hit .295/.359/.476 and .284/.356/.329, respectively, in their first tastes of the majors. As an early season addition, Chavis, if given enough playing time, could be the next in line. If the depth chart remains thin, the job could be Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis’ to lose.

The Top Prospect Gets The Call

Before their game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox made some changes to the club. With injuries to Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt, it’s no surprise that the Red Sox have called up top prospect, Michael Chavis.

Chavis, who is regarded as the number one prospect in the Red Sox organization, willtop prospect play a big part with the big league club. After spending the last few weeks in Pawtucket, he is ready to showcase his work.

The Road To Boston

Chavis was drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, and was the 26th selection overall. Although he originally committed to Clemson University, Chavis signed with the Boston Red Sox. The Gatorade Player of the Year started his career with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. There, he batted .269, with one home run and 16 RBI’s over 39 games. The third baseman led the GCL Red Sox to a title in 2014 as well.

In total, Chavis played in six minor league seasons before his call up on April 19th 2019. He started with the Greenville Drive in 2015, and moved up to Pawtucket last season. In 2017, Chavis also played in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas.

Top Prospect Made An Impact in Fort Myers

Chavss was announced as the Red Sox’s #1 prospect prior to Spring Training. Michael Chavis proved his worth during those games. Wearing the number 65, the 23 year old right hander played in eleven games, batting .273 with four home runs and ten RBI’s.

Chavis, who is mainly an infielder, made an impression on the Red Sox staff. Despite being sent to the minors to start the season, many knew it was a matter of time before he would be called up. With the Pawtucket Red Sox this season, he saw playing time at a new position, second base.

Only The Beginning

Despite only playing in a handful of games at second base, the Red Sox still called up Chavis. Manager Alex Cora stated that despite this, Chavis will see playing time. With the call up, Chavis will be a big help offensively. He can also split playing time with Rafael Devers.

In the game last night against the Rays, Chavis got his first big league hit. The pinch hit double was a great sign of things to come.

Red Sox Prospect Preview: Chad De La Guerra

There are 12 baseball players from Grand Canyon University to have made their MLB debuts. The most famous and successful of them all is longtime Los Angeles Angels outfielder Tim Salmon. The next Lope to add his name to the list may just be Chad De La Guerra.

Chad De La GuerraThe infielder is the Boston Red Sox’s No. 25th ranked prospect by hitting a career-high slash line of .283/.361/.437. He was eligible for four straight MLB Drafts from 2011-14; first as a high school senior in California, as a Junior College freshman, then as a sophomore in College of the Canyons (also in Calif.) and finally as a junior in the Phoenix-based GCU, but went unselected each year.

At GCU, De La Guerra won the Western Athletic Conference batting title with a .373 average in 2014. He went on a 24-game hitting streak during his senior season in 2015. He finally got the respect he was looking for and was rewarded by the Red Sox with a $5,000 signing bonus and a 17th round selection.

De La Guerra struggled during his first two seasons in pro ball, hitting only .265 for the Lowell Spinners in 2015 and .250 for the Greenville Drive in 2016. Fracturing his lower leg that season didn’t help much either. After a career year between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland, there’s hope for more this season.

Is De La Guerra The Next Brock Holt?

De la Guerra spent most of last season at shortstop as a way to expand towards a utility role. He also saw action at third base in the Arizona Fall League. He has demonstrated to be a capable and steady defender with sure hands but an average arm.

De la Guerra is clearly working towards a niche as the next Eduardo Nunez, a utility infielder who can land a starting role if he can hit for high average. If he ever learned to play in the outfield, he could also become the next Brock Holt. Holt was an All-Star in 2015 and could hit for average no matter where he played on the diamond. So that would be a good place to strive for.

De la Guerra will be starting the season in Triple-A Pawtucket, along with Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin.