12. Jarren Duran
Wow. I mean, wow. Jarren Duran sure burst onto the scene didn’t he? The Red Sox selected Duran in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. He hasn’t disappointed.
The 22-year-old hit .348 in 155 at-bats with Short-A then went onto Full-A where he hit .367 in 128 at-bats. That comes out to a .357 average in 283 at-bats combined.
Duran wasn’t just hitting singles either, as he had 14 doubles and three home runs – oh, and 11 triples. In that time, the left-handed hitter had 35 RBI and 52 runs scored, as well as 24 steals.
At this point, you’re probably wondering – what can’t Duran do? I’ll give you a hint – nothing.
Duran played both right and center field, as well as second base in 2018. He looked great at all of them. His arm is great for second base and solid for the outfield. Meanwhile, that elite speed that stole 24 bases is going to play very well in the outfield. It could be useful getting to balls not many could get to at second base as well.
Currently, he’s a better second baseman as he looks like a true natural at the position. Should be fine in the outfield though as that athleticism will come into play a ton.
There isn’t much of anything when it comes to home run power. Duran does have nice gap power though and his ridiculous speed could mean plenty of extra-base hits for him.
As I’ve mentioned a few times, the speed is intriguing. Duran could steal 50-plus bases when given a full season. That’s something not a lot of prospects in the Red Sox organization possess. This alone makes him someone the Red Sox should tout as a prospect. The fact that he’s so lethal at basically everything else puts him in that elite tier for the organization.