Duran Focused In The Field

Fourth round pick Matt Duran proved in his short time in the Gulf Coast League that he brings a lot of offensive potential to the table. Having some immediate offensive success, the Yankees now have Duran focused on the defensive side of the ball at Instructs.

He finished his debut season hitting .301 with an .871 OPS, clubbing six doubles and three home runs in just 23 games played.

"I think [with] my first taste of pro ball I did pretty well. I ended up hitting .301 and I adjusted pretty well. My hitting coach worked with me everyday and towards the end I did really well."

A .382 average with six walks and a 1.081 OPS over his last ten games, he proved in the early going that he has the ability to make quick adjustments.

"In the beginning I didn't do as well as I wanted to or as well as I think I'm capable of doing," he continued. "I just worked hard and adjusted, and towards the end I kicked it into high gear."

And for a player who had never experienced winning a championship of any kind, the fact that he won his first one at the tender age of 18 years old is not lost on him.

"It's my first year too," he said. "That doesn't happen. I had no idea. Give him credit though, [assistant scouting director] John Kremer said ‘you guys have a chance at a ring'. I didn't believe him.

"Throughout high school and everything I never won anything. I never got that taste and then we just did it."

Duran, who will also participate in Dominican Instructs at the end of October, plans on spending his offseason getting stronger in an attempt to take his offensive game to another level.

"I want to get stronger, a little quicker, drop a few pounds, and get better at third, and first [base] if that's where they want me.

"I just have to keep getting stronger so those deep fly balls turn into home runs. I'm just trying to stay on top of the ball a lot more and [improving] some situational stuff, hit more line drives. I'm not really changing my approach right now."

Flying high on his first ring and with some immediate offensive success at the professional level now under his belt, while he wants to get stronger offensively long-term, Duran is currently at Instructs to work on his defensive game.

"I'm a corner guy. Wherever they want me to play, as long as I get to hit, that's fine. I'm comfortable playing both. I like third base a lot. I think I can play the position. I'll play first base too though, wherever they want me."

A shortstop and third baseman in high school, he saw the bulk of his defensive time in the Gulf Coast League at first base but now would like to see some more reps over at third.

"I really like third base," he admitted. "We're working a lot on my defense at third, a lot of basic stuff because I haven't played there that much. I was only [in the GCL] for half the year so they were just teaching me basic concepts, lateral movements, etc.

"I feel comfortable there already. We've been here for like four days or so and I feel like I've gotten a lot better."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe finished his debut season hitting .301 with an .871 OPS, clubbing six doubles and three home runs in just 23 games played.
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\r\n\"I think [with] my first taste of pro ball I did pretty well. I ended up hitting .301 and I adjusted pretty well. My hitting coach worked with me everyday and towards the end I did really well.\"
\r\n
\r\nA .382 average with six walks and a 1.081 OPS over his last ten games, he proved in the early going that he has the ability to make quick adjustments.
\r\n
\r\n\"In the beginning I didn't do as well as I wanted to or as well as I think I'm capable of doing,\" he continued. \"I just worked hard and adjusted, and towards the end I kicked it into high gear.\"
\r\n
\r\nAnd for a player who had never experienced winning a championship of any kind, the fact that he won his first one at the tender age of 18 years old is not lost on him.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's my first year too,\" he said. \"That doesn't happen. I had no idea. Give him credit though, [assistant scouting director] John Kremer said ‘you guys have a chance at a ring'. I didn't believe him.
\r\n
\r\n\"Throughout high school and everything I never won anything. I never got that taste and then we just did it.\"
\r\n
\r\nDuran, who will also participate in Dominican Instructs at the end of October, plans on spending his offseason getting stronger in an attempt to take his offensive game to another level.
\r\n
\r\n\"I want to get stronger, a little quicker, drop a few pounds, and get better at third, and first [base] if that's where they want me.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just have to keep getting stronger so those deep fly balls turn into home runs. I'm just trying to stay on top of the ball a lot more and [improving] some situational stuff, hit more line drives. I'm not really changing my approach right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nFlying high on his first ring and with some immediate offensive success at the professional level now under his belt, while he wants to get stronger offensively long-term, Duran is currently at Instructs to work on his defensive game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm a corner guy. Wherever they want me to play, as long as I get to hit, that's fine. I'm comfortable playing both. I like third base a lot. I think I can play the position. I'll play first base too though, wherever they want me.\"
\r\n
\r\nA shortstop and third baseman in high school, he saw the bulk of his defensive time in the Gulf Coast League at first base but now would like to see some more reps over at third.
\r\n
\r\n\"I really like third base,\" he admitted. \"We're working a lot on my defense at third, a lot of basic stuff because I haven't played there that much. I was only [in the GCL] for half the year so they were just teaching me basic concepts, lateral movements, etc.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel comfortable there already. We've been here for like four days or so and I feel like I've gotten a lot better.\"
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