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.
Duran is off to an astounding start for High-A Salem, batting .403/.466/.541 in 204 plate appearances. He also has 17 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
The 22-year old from Long Beach State was drafted in the seventh round last June and has torn through three levels so far, with a batting average floor of .348. While the hit tool is nice, Duran doesn't have much in the way of power so far, with only two homers at Salem and a .138 ISO. A promotion to Double-A and the qualitative jump that ensues with it looms, and we'll see if Duran's skills carry over at the advanced level.