Duran had two doubles and made two impressive catches in center field during Monday's intrasquad game, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Duran was called up from the alternate camp in Pawutcket to participate in Monday's game and showed off his skills. The 23-year-old was added to the 60-man player pool last Friday and hadn't played a game of affiliated baseball for more than four months. "How do you do that? You sit out for three and a half months and come back right where you left off," said manager Ron Roenicke. "He's an exciting player. We see his speed and the way he chases balls down in the outfield, and on the double he hit, how fast he got to second." Duran, who has played 82 games at Double-A, is not expected to play in MLB games this season unless an outfield need presents itself.
The Red Sox will add Duran to their 60-man roster pool Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Duran and fellow prospects Jeter Downs and Jay Groome are all scheduled to report to the Red Sox's alternative training site in Pawtucket, suggesting none of the three are under serious consideration for the Opening Day roster. Instead, keeping Duran in the roster pool will mainly have the benefit of allowing the Red Sox to monitor his development more closely with no minor-league games being played in 2020. The 23-year-old outfielder split time between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2019, slashing .303/.367/.408 with 46 stolen bases across 578 plate appearances.
Duran went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Pirates. Duran made his third Grapefruit League start and is 5-for-10 with a triple, a home run, two RBI and three runs while manning center field. In his first start, the 23-year-old Duran, who was drafted in 2018 as a second baseman, made a tremendous catch at the wall. The seventh-round pick out of Long Beach State reached Double-A Portland in 2019, logging 352 plate appearances. He'll continue to work in center field this spring, taking in all he can from Jackie Bradley Jr. before continuing to develop his defense in the minors. Duran could emerge as the center fielder of the future.
Duran was invited to the Red Sox's big-league camp Friday. Duran will briefly join the big-league squad, but he has some work to do before pushing for a regular-season roster spot. He struggled in 82 games at Double-A Portland last year, hitting .250/.309/.325. He showed great speed, swiping 28 bags, but he may need to return to Portland and show that he can hit Double-A pitching before he resumes climbing the ladder.
Duran was promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland on Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Duran will get his first taste of Double-A after facing little resistance at High-A, slashing .387/.456/.543 with four homers and 18 stolen bases in 50 games for Salem. The 22-year-old could potentially make his way to Triple-A Pawtucket by the end of the season if he continues to succeed against more advanced pitching at Double-A.