Jhoan Duran
23-Year-Old PitcherP
Minnesota Twins AAA
7-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/21/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 23-year-old spent all of last season at the Twins' alternate training site but didn't appear in a big-league game, which was not a surprising development for a pitcher who had only 37 innings at Double-A on his ledger. Duran is one of the arms in pipeline for Minnesota that made Brusdar Graterol expendable. Like Graterol, Duran relies on a power sinker that has touched triple digits on the radar gun, but he also features a more athletic 6-foot-5 frame that might be better suited for a rotation role in the long run. He'll need to find a third pitch to complement his sinker and equally nasty splitter to stick as a starter, but his arsenal is more than good enough to thrive as a high-leverage reliever if he doesn't. Duran will look to get his development back on track in 2021, likely at Triple-A, and could make his Twins debut this season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Traded to the Twins in July of 2018.
Working back from shoulder injury
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Shoulder
May 2, 2021
Duran has only recently started throwing after having some trapezius tightness in spring training, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Duran is a few weeks away from returning, according to the report. He'll begin the season on the injured list at Triple-A St. Paul as a result.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Duran has a couple monster pitches and has not logged a FIP over 3.93 in full-season ball, but he may fit best as a power reliever long term. A 6-foot-5, 230-pound righty who headlined Minnesota's return for Eduardo Escobar in the 2018 deadline deal with Arizona, Duran's best skill is an ability to generate groundballs at an elite clip (65.4 GB% at Low-A, 52.9 GB% at High-A, 63.3 GB% at Double-A since joining the Twins). He accomplishes this with a four-seam fastball that can touch triple digits and a unique low-90s split-fingered sinker -- both rate as plus-plus pitches. Duran could easily slot into a big-league bullpen as is and have success. In order to make it as a starter at the highest level, however, he will need to turn his curveball into a reliable third pitch while demonstrating at least fringe-average command. Look for him to spend the bulk of 2020 in the upper levels of the minors.
Duran has an electric arm (100+ mph fastball), plus an ideal 6-foot-5, 175-pound frame for a 20-year-old hurler and developing secondary pitches in his slider and changeup. Duran's command needs some work for him to make it as a starter, but he has plenty of time to get that ironed out.
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Heads to MiLB camp
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 14, 2021
The Twins optioned Duran to their minor-league camp Sunday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Included in 60-man player pool
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 29, 2020
Duran was included in Minnesota's 60-man player pool ahead of summer camp before the 2020 season begins, MLB.com reports.
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Sent to minors
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 9, 2020
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Protected from Rule 5 draft
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
November 20, 2019
Duran was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Promoted to Double-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
July 25, 2019
Duran was promoted to Double-A Pensacola after posting a 3.23 ERA with an 11.0 K/9 at High-A Fort Myers.
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