3. Jarren Duran
I'd never thought I'd say this during the depths of Duran's 2022 campaign, but the Red Sox should think about extending him!
Duran's career has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs to this point, but something finally clicked for him in 2023. He's improved every year since debuting in 2021 but took his game to new heights last season, playing at an All-Star-caliber level before being shut down early with an injury.
Still, in 102 games Duran batted .295/.346/.482 with 34 doubles and 24 steals. He also improved defensively as well, looking better in just about every facet of his game.
Duran is clearly on an upward trajectory and is just hitting his prime at 27 years old. He also gives the lineup some much-needed speed, which is something that Boston sorely lacks and has often disregarded in the past. Manager Alex Cora has expressed a desire for his team to become more athletic, and Duran is arguably the most athletic player on the roster.
This is a kid who's clearly grown up a lot over the past few years, and he now seems much more mature. His attitude has improved as well and he finally seems more comfortable in the big leagues. He went from looking like a major bust to a key part of the team's future, especially if he keeps working hard at his game and unlocks his crazy physical abilities.
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