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June 5, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Red Sox select Jarren Duran with their seventh-round pick


In the seventh round of 2018 MLB Draft, the Red Sox selected  Jarren Duran from California State University, Long Beach. Listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, the junior was a three-year starter at second base for the Dirtbags where he accumulated 49 stolen bases. Ranked as 170th best prospect in the draft by Baseball America and the 317th by Perfect Game USA, his selection at pick 220 overall seems in line with the expectations for those publications. Interestingly, Duran was announced as a center fielder.

Baseball America has Duran posting 70-grade run times, with that being his main standout tool. Although he was an infielder in college, he may be able to better utilize that speed in center field if the Red Sox indeed plan to move him as a professional. Duran was a consistent performer over his college career, with his junior season batting line of .302/.380/.392 very close to his career line of .294/.376/.377

Duran played for Wareham last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .281/.397/.368 with 10 steals in 16 attempts over 34 games. It is clear that power is not a part of his game, but he has strong on-base skills and good speed, with his defense and arm being question marks as he switches positions.

Scouting info was compiled from industry publications including Baseball America, Perfect Game USA, ESPN, and MLB.com.

Photo Credit: Jarren Duran by longbeachstate.com

 
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