The Jarren Duran Era Has Begun

On Wednesday, Red Sox Nation was buzzing. Top prospect Jarren Duran was not in the line up for the Worcester Red Sox, and it was rumored that he was on his way to Yankee Stadium for Thursday’s game. Sure enough, the news broke. The Jarren Duran era has begun in Boston. The 24-year-old outfielder will be making his highly anticipated debut in the series versus the New York Yankees. The last player to make their debut at Yankee Stadium for Boston was Mookie Betts on June 29th, 2014.

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Following a crazy ending to the first half of the season, the Red Sox look to bounce back starting tonight against their division rivals. The Red Sox will be at Yankee Stadium for four games, before heading to Buffalo to take on the Blue Jays. Right now, they are tied for the best record in the American League alongside the Houston Astros. It will be interesting to see how Boston fairs as we close in on the end of July. For now, the excitement is with rookie, Jarren Duran and his potential Major League Debut.

The Jarren Duran Era Has Begun in Boston

Boston’s top prospect, Jarren Duran will be looking to turn heads as he makes his highly anticipated Major League debut in the series vs the Yankees. The 24-year-old California native has spent the past few months raking in Triple A Worcester. In 46 games, he is batting .270 with 51 hits and 32 RBI’s. Duran has also hit 15 home runs on the season, and has stolen 12 bases. The Red Sox are hoping he will continue his success in Boston, as the Jarren Duran era has begun. Named one of Boston’s top prospects the past few years, Duran has had quite the path to the big leagues.

After spending three seasons with the California State University Long Beach State Beach baseball team, Duran was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2018. The seventh round draft pick split the 2018 season between the Lowell Spinners and the Greenville Drive. In 2019, Duran found himself playing for the Salem Red Sox until June 3rd, when he was promoted to the Double A Portland Sea Dogs. His success in 2019 granted Duran an invite to Spring Training in 2020. However, due to the pandemic, Duran didn’t get to see any baseball action until the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Duran led his team to the 2020-2021 championship, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the series. The Red Sox extended an invite to Duran for Spring Training 2021. Following Spring Training, Duran started the 2021 season with the Worcester Red Sox. Now, Duran is about to suit up for the big league ball club.

Battle in the Bronx

The Red Sox will be in the Bronx for four games against the Yankees. While all eyes will be on Jarren Duran, Boston will be looking to continue their success against the Yankees. Right now, Boston is 6-0 against the fourth place Yankees. As the Jarren Duran era has begun in Boston, the 55-36 Red Sox will be hoping to keep climbing in the American League. This first series back from the All-Star break will be an important one for both teams as we inch closer to the trade deadline on July 31st.

While the Yankees have yet to name starters for the series, the Red Sox are set and ready to roll. Thursday night’s opener will have Eduardo Rodriguez (6-5, 5.52 ERA) to start things off. Friday’s game will have Martin Perez (7-5, 4.04 ERA). Saturday night will feature All Star Nathan Eovaldi (9-5, 3.66 ERA). Finally, Sunday night baseball at Yankee Stadium will have Nick Pivetta (7-3, 4.09 ERA) to round things off.

The Road Ahead for Boston

Following their four game series vs the Yankees, Boston will be heading a bit north to Buffalo to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The 45-42 Jays will be hosting the Texas Rangers starting Friday night in Buffalo. The Jays currently are in third place, and will be looking to bounce back in the second half of the season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr and company look to keep climbing in the AL East. This past week was a special one for the Jays. Not only did they have four players in the All-Star Game, but Guerrero Jr. won the All Star MVP Award. With that, he became the youngest player to win the award at age 22.

The Red Sox will be heading home to Fenway following the series in Buffalo. There, they will again take on the Yankees and the Jays. The next few weeks in Boston will be an interesting one for sure. With the trade deadline closing in, it will be interesting to see what Boston does. Also, Chris Sale may be joining the team next month. He is currently scheduled to be pitching in rehab games with the Portland Sea Dogs and the Worcester Red Sox. We are at the half way point of the season, and it is turning into something special for sure.

Already Hot, Improving Red Sox Staying on Track

With 60 games now in the books for 2021, it’s clear that the Red Sox overachieving is no fluke. After a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees, the improving Red Sox find themselves with the second-best record in the American League and only one and one half a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first place as of June 9th. The rotation has been much more consistent than last year and the offense has improved thanks to some bounce back performances from guys like J.D. Martinez. What should scare the rest of the AL is that for as good as the Red Sox are playing, they are only going to improve even more.

This week Chris Sale started throwing off the mound at Fenway. The lefty threw 25 pitches. He also told the media that he fully plans on pitching in 2021. Best case scenario for Boston, Sale returns to form and they can either roll with a six-man rotation or send E-Rod or Richards to the bullpen. Worst case scenario, Sale struggles and Boston shuts him down early. Even then, Boston would still have five solid starters for the rest of the season.

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On the offensive side, Boston has been looking for a third outfielder to play everyday alongside Alex Verdugo and Hunter Renfroe. Franchy Cordero, Enrique Hernandez, and Danny Santana have all failed to secure that spot, whether due to poor performance or injury. Luckily Boston has a prospect in waiting who has the potential to be an everyday outfield in Jarren Duran.

In 18 games for Worchester, Duran has hit seven home runs to go along with a .278 batting average and .991 OPS. He has also yet to commit an error in the outfield. The 29th ranked prospect according to Baseball America also went 7 for 19 while playing for Team USA this summer. Unless somebody on the roster can hit at a respectable rate, the door may be wide open for Duran to take the spot.

Improving Red Sox Not Done Yet

While a trade is always an option to improve this team, it may be in Boston’s best interest to see what this team can do when fully-loaded. Sale is capable of being a top-5 pitcher in the AL and if Duran can hit .250 with some power, it would be an improvement over what Boston is currently sending out as their third outfielder. Boston could be really scary come late July.

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.