Opinion: Is It Time To Call Up Jarren Duran

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First, let me start by saying that I am not panicking, but there are some glaring holes in this roster. The biggest holes, first base and right field. The Sox may actually have a way to fill at least one of those holes immediately.

First, let me start by saying that I am not panicking, but there are some glaring holes in this roster. The biggest holes, first base and right field. The Sox may actually have a way to fill at least one of those holes immediately. Now, I know many are reluctant because of Duran's numbers(.215 batting average, .241 on-base percentage, .336 slugging) in his first stint, but we have to keep in mind that the first stint was all of 33 games(26 starts) scattered across two months. 

Now, there are a couple of thoughts here. The first being that Duran was trying to be a player that he just isn't. He isn't a power hitter, his biggest tools are his speed and constact skills. Now, his strikeout rate is slightly elevated this season (just north of 20%), but I am not too concerned considering that Dalbec's strikeout rates were over 10% higher when he was called up(as well as hitting a measly .239).

Currently, Duran is hitting .360 in Worcester, and he may be able to provide a much needed spark to a pretty lethargic lineup, and more importantly add production where there is virtually none. Since baseball is a game of stats and whatnot, let's talk about just runners in scoring position(RISP), Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .158 with RISP and only has 5 RBI's, he has been a near automatic out. 

 

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