Outfield Prospect Spotlight: Jarren Duran
Welcome to a continuation of our new Prospect Spotlight series, where we pair our prospect rankings with a deep dive on one of the players in that ranking. Here, we’ll dive deeper into the prospect’s fantasy profile, highlighting their background, skill set, and what we see for them coming down the pipeline. Prospects are the lifeblood of any dynasty league and we hope to bring you more great info on these rising stars in 2021 than ever before.
Jarren Durran was drafted in the seventh round out of Long Beach State. At the time, he was playing a passable second base and looked like a future utility bat. However, the Red Sox thought they could tap into more athleticism, and that they did. He moved to the outfield grass where his above-average speed could really play up and is on the verge of becoming the centerfielder of the future in Fenway. He came out of the box like a firecracker in 2019 at High-A but he must have taken the struggle bus when he moved up to Double-A Portland. His power decreased, along with his patient approach, and his strikeout rate jumped up four percentage points. The only skill that remained was his ability to steal bases. Fast forward to 2020…
He made a swing adjustment where he slightly brought it down and it has simplified his path to the ball. Not only that, but he has also unlocked some power. During his time at the Alternate Site, Duran smashed eight home runs in the course of six weeks. Take a look at this bomb from this summer.
He has spent the winter playing in Puerto Rico where he slashed .236/.386/.273 but after going gangbusters in the Finals he went .280/.406/.640 and took home the MVP Award! While I don’t think we will see that level of power in the majors, his power-speed combination makes him an excellent dynasty baseball target. In a recent interview with Jen McCaffery from The Athletic, Chaim Bloom said this about Durran:
“He had a tremendous 2020,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. “He made strides hitting-wise and physically, didn’t lose any of his speed. He just had a really good year. I think for all players who didn’t play at the major league level, and even for some of those who did — because we had a shorter season — it’s tougher to feel confident in exactly what you know about them. He came into the year as someone who had spent some time in Double-A, but not with particularly distinguished performance, and then you see him put the year together that he had, and we have to try to figure out what that all means.”
He should begin the season in Triple-A but there is a chance we see him in Boston by the middle of the 2021 season.