First, the good news: The Boston Red Sox will be represented at the Major League Baseball Futures Game this summer.
Red Sox infield prospect Jeter Downs on Wednesday was named to the American League roster for the 2021 Futures Game, which is set for July 11 at Coors Field and showcases the top prospects in the minor leagues.
Downs, who came to Boston from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2020 Mookie Betts trade, certainly is deserving: He's the No. 2 prospect in Boston's farm system (behind Triston Casas) and after a slow start has 15 hits in his last 13 games for Triple-A Worcester.
But you'll notice the AL roster doesn't include Downs' WooSox teammate, outfielder Jarren Duran.
The No. 3 prospect in Boston's system, Duran is one of the hottest hitters in the minors and leads Triple-A East with 15 home runs after belting two Tuesday night. The 24-year-old also boasts a .282 batting average despite beginning the season 0-for-11 and his .988 OPS ranks fourth in Triple-A East.
So, was Duran snubbed from this roster?
Jarred Kelenic (No. 4 overall), Julio Rodriguez (No. 5), Riley Greene (No. 15) and Jasson Dominguez (No. 24) are all top-30 prospects on MLB.com, so it's hard to make the case for Duran (No. 86 overall prospect on MLB.com) over any of them.
Duran also is older than many of the players on the roster at age 24, so it makes sense why younger players in the lower minors like Pedro Leon (Double-A) and Yoelqui Cespedes (High-A) would get the nod over a more seasoned minor-leaguer.
While watching Duran launch bombs at Coors Field would have been fun, Red Sox fans shouldn't lose too much sleep over his absence in the Futures Game. With the way Duran has been hitting, he might be busy that day anyway: Boston plays the Philadelphia Phillies on July 11.