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Ezequiel Duran

Born: 05/22/1999 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 185
Primary Position: 2B
Frame is a little rectangular with a long trunk. Minimal projection, but already a strong kid. More athletic than you'd expect, but I'd expect him to fill out a bit more in his twenties and lose a bit of flexibility and foot speed.
Evaluator Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 07/30/2019
Dates Seen 7/24-7/25
Affiliate Staten Island Yankees (Short Season, Yankees)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2022 High 55 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Even stance, medium leg kick. Hands start high, drop and go, above-average bat speed with some loft. Can be vulnerable up, still adjusting to spin from college arms, but there is a semblance of an approach. Hard contact, can drive the ball to all fields. Sacrifices some barrel control for power at present, but doesn't get pull-happy and uses the big part of the park well. Average projection but high risk.
Power 55 Plus raw, power already plays to the opposite field gap. Strong kid and I'd expect him to get stronger and lose some of the occasional stiffness in the swing to get to the power. 20-home-run potential.
Baserunning/Speed 45 4.3 dig, sub-12 first-to-third, but I expect he'll slow down a bit in his twenties. Range at second will be fine.
Glove 60 Everything is smooth. He moves well laterally, soft hands, good actions. Comfortable around the bag both giving and receiving double play feeds. Nothing stands out as amazing, but more than the sum of his tools defender at second.
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, accurate from a variety of angles and on the move. Can get it out in a hurry when needed, but I enjoy the casual flair he shows as well.

Duran projects as an above-average second baseman who could offer you some pop towards the bottom of the lineup of a first division team. There's significant risk in the hit tool until we see him against better arms, but the raw power and defensive tools give him a utility fallback position even if he's more of a .230-.240 hitter. There's also some positive risk if something clicks in the approach/swing mechanics with further pro instruction.

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