Jarren Duran Selected by Boston Red Sox in MLB Draft
Junior second baseman Jarren Duran was selected on day two of the 2018 MLB Draft, going in the seventh round to the Boston Red Sox.
June 5, 2018
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The first Dirtbag off the draft board in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft was junior second baseman Jarren Duran, who was selected in the seventh round by the Boston Red Sox. Duran made 169 starts in his three seasons at Long Beach State, all at second base, and was selected as an outfielder by the Red Sox with the 220th overall pick.
Duran was a .294 career hitter for the Dirtbags, and improved his on-base percentage in every season, posting an OBP of .380 this past season. He has 49 career stolen bases, which ranks fourth in program history. In his junior campaign, Duran led LBSU in hits (67), runs scored (42), home runs (2) and stolen bases (17).
Though he will likely be converted to a centerfielder with the Red Sox, Duran has improved his defense on the infield. He did not commit an error during Big West action this season, and he helped turn 34 double plays for the Dirtbags with solid range at the keystone thanks to his elite speed.
Long Beach State has now had at least one player drafted in the first 10 rounds in six consecutive drafts. Since 1989, Duran is the 61st Dirtbags player to be selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft. Prior to Duran, the last Dirtbags player to be drafted by the Red Sox was lefthanded pitcher and eventual big leaguer Abe Alvarez, taken in the second round back in 2003.
The 2018 MLB Draft will conclude on Wednesday with rounds 11-40, resuming at 9 a.m. PT.
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