David Adams managed Ezequiel Duran this past summer at Staten Island, which is not far from Yankee Stadium but years away from the big leagues.
And with 22-year-old Gleyber Torres in the beginning of what many believe will be a long run at second base for the Yankees, the position could be locked tight for quite a while.
Yet, Adams believes if Duran continues to show the skills he displayed this past summer in the short-season New York-Penn League he will thrive in the big leagues someday.
“He has the ability to play multiple positions but I can see him as an everyday second baseman in the big leagues,’’ Adams said of the 20-year-old Duran, who signed for $10,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2017.
After hitting .201/.250/.312 for Rookie-level Pulaski in 2018, Duran improved to .256/.329/.495 for Staten Island in 2019.
Duran will likely open the 2020 season at low Class A Charleston, which is five levels from the big leagues, but Adams, a former second base prospect in the Yankees’ system, isn’t the only one who thinks Duran could make the big leagues.
“He has a chance to be a big leaguer,’’ a scout who followed the Yankees’ system said of the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Duran. “I like him. He is a strong kid who physically reminds me of Gleyber Torres, short and stocky type. He has a lot of raw power and bat speed.’’
If Duran plays for the Yankees or reaches the big leagues with another team as part of a trade it will be a terrific sign by the Yankees.
“He has great work ethic and leadership qualities,’’ Adams said. “It’s just a matter of game reps and making adjustments. Defensively, he is young and room for improvement. He shows up early and asks for more work. He is never satisfied.’’