The Boston Red Sox are set to head to Florida for spring training in a few weeks as they look to compete in the AL East and get back into the postseason. For the Red Sox to achieve both goals, they will need young players such as Jarren Duran to build off what they did last year.
Duran missed the rest of last season because of a toe injury, but it seems as if the 27-year-old should be back in the batting order this campaign.
Red Sox News: Jarren Duran Ready For Spring Training
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday that Duran was fully cleared for spring training with no limitations. Before Duran underwent season-ending toe surgery, he was one of the Red Sox’s best hitters.
The 27-year-old centerfield slashed .295/.346/.582 with eight home runs and 40 RBI. He was also a factor on the basepaths with 24 stolen bases.
With healthy Duran and patrolling centerfield, Boston’s outfield should be set as they’ll have Masataka Yoshida in left field and Tyler O’Neill in right field. Duran can play all three outfield spots, which is a nice caveat, especially if Yoshida or O’Neill needs a day off.
Last season, Duran played 75 games in center field, where he had a fielding percentage of 1.000, 168 putouts, and one error in 171 chances.
He also spent some time in left field (27 games), recording a .970 field percentage, which is lower than the league average (.987). However, Duran had 32 putouts and one error in 33 chances.
If he can continue to play great defense and hit .280 or higher, it will do wonders for a Red Sox offense, which has a few players who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. Boston is considered a long shot to win the AL East (+1000 on FanDuel Sportsbook) this season, but maybe that’s a good thing for the Sox.
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