Jarren Duran's power helped him earn a call to the major leagues. His speed may help keep him there.
The Boston Red Sox outfield prospect already showed off his electric wheels last week by stretching a single into a double on a New York Yankees error. On Wednesday night, Duran used his legs to manufacture a run by himself.
The 24-year-old ripped a line drive into the right center field gap off Toronto Blue Jays starter Steven Matz in the fourth inning. Center fielder George Springer bobbled the ball at the wall, giving Duran his opening to fly around the bases.
The scorebook denied Duran an inside-the-park home run, as the play was ruled a triple and an error on Springer. But that doesn't make Duran's feat any less awesome -- especially from this camera angle:
While Duran has developed legitimate power over the past year -- 15 home runs in 46 games for Triple-A Worcester this season -- speed was his original calling card. The 2018 draft pick racked up 46 stolen bases in 132 games split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2019.
"His speed changes the game," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Duran after Boston's 4-1 win. "That’s what we’re looking for. It’s a weapon, and it was fun to watch him run the bases."
Duran is hitting just .172 through 10 games with the Red Sox, but his potent blend of speed and power proves why fans were so excited about his call-up.