24-Year-Old Outfielder – Cincinnati Reds
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Duran made no tangible progress with Double-A Pensacola in 2015, instead striking out more and walking a little less while hitting for less power. His presence on the Reds 40-man roster is a legacy co...
Juan Duran Contract Information:
The Reds signed Duran, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, to a $2 million signing bonus in March of 2008.
Duran was suspended 80 games for testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol, and Nandrolone, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsBailey, Homer (P)
AAABalester, Collin (P)
A+Buckley, Sean (3B)
AArmstrong, Mark (P)
RookieAquino, Aristides (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
When a player like Duran signs at such a young age, it's imperative for the organization to remain patient as he adjusts to playing against others that are significantly older in the lower levels of the minors. The Reds have exercised that patience with Duran, but the payoff still hasn't been there. In fact, 2014 was a year of regression for him at Double-A Pensacola, as he struck out a whopping 35.7% of the time. Even in today's high-strikeout, low-average era, that's unacceptable. The only redeeming grace is that he has maintained his power through all the whiffs, and is still just 23, but the clock is now ticking.
When Duran makes contact, the ball goes far. Alas, making contact remains a problem for him. Even after repeating High-A ball, Duran made contact just 67 percent of the time. That's actually an improvement over his last two seasons, but it bodes ill for his chances of ever hitting for a high average at advanced levels, even when accounting for his age. Barring a sea change improvement, Duran seems most likely to emulate Neftali Soto's career arc.