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Boston Red Sox’s Jarren Duran wins MVP of LBPRC Final Series after going 5-for-15 with 2 homers, 2 doubles, six RBIs

January 27, 2021

Updated Jan 25, 2021; Posted Jan 25, 2021 By Christopher Smith | [email protected] Red Sox top outfield prospect Jarren Duran was named the MVP of the 2020-21 Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Final Series. He homered again Sunday to lead Criollos de Caguas 7-6 over Indios de Mayaguez in

Updated Jan 25, 2021; Posted Jan 25, 2021

By **Christopher Smith | [email protected]**

Red Sox top outfield prospect Jarren Duran was named the MVP of the 2020-21 Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Final Series.

He homered again Sunday to lead Criollos de Caguas 7-6 over Indios de Mayaguez in clinching Game 4.

Caguas is managed by Red Sox coach Ramon Vázquez.

In the four-game series sweep, Duran went 5-for-15 with two home runs, two doubles, six RBIs, three walks and seven runs.

He led off Sunday’s win with a homer.

Duran’s Game 1: 0-for-3, walk, run.

Duran’s Game 2: 2-for-4, double, RBI, two runs, walk

Duran’s Game 3: 2-for-5, homer, double, run, four RBIs

Duran’s Game 4: 1-for-3, homer, three runs, RBI, walk

Baseball America has the speedy center fielder ranked Boston’s No. 5 prospect entering 2021 behind Triston Casas, Jeter Downs, Bobby Dalbec and Bryan Mata. BA has him listed as the system’s top outfield prospect and fastest baserunner.

MLB Pipeline has him listed as Boston’s No. 8 prospect overall and No. 2 outfield prospect behind Gilberto Jimenez.

He turned 24 in September. He is expected to begin the regular season at Triple-A Worcester, but he could make his major league debut at some point in 2021.

He spent this past summer at Boston’s alternate training site in Pawtucket where he showed more power after making swing adjustments and putting on more muscle last offseason and during the COVID-19 shutdown. His dad has a weight room in their garage.

His speed (70 steals, 19 triples in 199 minor league games) could turn him into an elite defender. But he’s still learning the position after playing second base in college.

“I think he continues to get better in the outfield and as that continues to get better, I think that’s going to help clear the path for him,” Triple-A manager Billy McMillon said this past season. “He’s OK. He’s solid. But you can see there’s some room for improvement there. We did some things working on footwork and routes to balls and he kind of cleaned that up a little bit. For me, the question is, can he do that consistently?”