Re: Redzone Minor League Prospect Ranking #30th & 31st
Could easily be wrong--I've never even seen him play--but my impression is that Duran's flaws are predominant to the point of disqualifying him as a major-league possibility. I get the sense that he's very, perhaps hopelessly, awkward in the field, and as a hitter has no chance against breaking stuff.
That said, I acknowledge that the Reds must feel differently or they wouldn't have protected him on the 40-man. So maybe his shortcomings are not insurmountable. No question, the power is there.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.