Red Sox Nation will have to wait longer to see Jarren Duran
Let me get this right out in the open from the start here, I really want Jarren Duran to be in the Red Sox lineup every night. Now that I have that out of the way, It doesn’t look like it’ll be happening any time soon. I like many of you have been championing Boston’s top outfield prospect to be with the big club but the front office says that may not be happening for a while.
Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom spoke to the media yesterday and covered plenty of topics including Durran’s future. He made it pretty clear that the team is very excited about Jarren’s future but that they’re going to be patient and not rush him up to the Majors. It’ll all come down to how well he performs in Triple-A, which will be the highest level of the developmental system that he’s played in.
"“I think we’re going to learn a lot,” Bloom continued. “We want to make sure we don’t try to learn too much from a really small sample. But just having him go through the ups and downs of a season and playing every day and doing it with the various ways we have to track his performance, we’re going to learn a lot pretty quickly.”"
It was believed that Duran would’ve been in Pawtucket last year but due to COVID the MiLB season was canceled and those hopes were dashed. He did however perform very well at the alternate training site in both 2020 and so far in 2021, but that’s not quite the same. Duran also went off while playing in the winter league in Puerto Rico and in spring training, but he needs time in Worcester to develop. He currently sits as Boston’s top outfield prospect and in the team’s Top-3 for the farm system, per Soxprospects.com.
Like many of you, I’m ready to see the end of the Franchy Cordero experiment and feel that Duran is the future of Boston’s outfield. For now, it looks like Danny Santana will get the nod first as he’s more prepared to be in the Majors and just needs to shake some rust off of the wheels. I do think Jarren will be with the big club before the season is over, and more importantly, well before the usual prospect call-up in September.
"“At the end of the day, it’s up to the player. (We have) every confidence Jarren is going to go out there and knock that door down. But he’ll tell us when he’s ready.”"
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Bloom made it clear that Duran’s future is fully in his hands as his performance will dictate when he gets promoted. Again, this should come as no surprise as he has yet to reach the level that he’s about to enter. The MiLB season kicked off last night and with real games now being played, we’ll see how Duran can perform against a team not wearing the same uniform as himself. Chaim harped on the fact that being in Triple-A will be nothing but beneficial for the young outfielder. This is a sentiment that WEEI’s Lou Merloni has also expressed and it’s hard to deny the thought process.
There are things that get worked on in Triple-A that players need in their arsenal for when they get promoted and if they’re unable to do them then it won’t be long before they’re right back to square one. Giving him some more time to sharpen his tools and hone the fundamentals will only allow him to be a bigger asset to Alex Cora and the Red Sox in the future. We already know how good he is but just imagine if he has that little bit of extra time to really address the holes in his game, he’ll be unstoppable.
The Red Sox are off to a hot start in 2021 and have seen more success than they have since winning it all in 2018. Though things are going well for the team there are some glaring issues that need to be addressed. While I would love to see Jarren Duran in the Majors giving him some more time to develop feels like the right thing at the moment. Now, if injuries occur or Cordero and Santana are busts, we may be seeing the power hitter patroling Fenway Park before we know it. As Bloom said, it’s all going to be up to Duran.