Jarren Duran should have been a shoo-in for Team USA.
Perhaps the most exciting Boston Red Sox positional player prospect, Duran knocks on the door of the major leagues. He has shown towering power in Triple-A Worcester, complimenting his blistering speed and impressive defensive ability.
So why was he left out? It really is not that deep.
Red Sox were more than happy to let Duran go to the Olympics, according to The Boston Globes Alex Speier. However, there was one condition: The Red Sox would be able to bring him back if needed. You can imagine the logistical nightmare it would be for Team USA to replace a vacant roster spot in the middle of the games, so they chose to just leave him off the list.
Now, understandably, it has even promoted the hum that perhaps the Red Sox could call Duran up in the not-too-distant future. After all, they have just begun their west coast road trip, and their last two major player prospects, Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi, debuted while the team was out west.
But Chaim Bloom and Alex Cora have preached patience with Duran, and it does not look like that will change anytime soon. Maybe he will be with the big club soon. But Team USA needed to know now if Duran would be available, and if he could not be recalled back to Boston, then it basically blocked a month that the Red Sox would not have Duran at their disposal.
With that in mind, if there is one thing you can take away from this, it is that Duran is close. A call may not come the next few days, but it is very clear not so far away in the distance. There is no need to worry that his omission is performance-based – if it is anything, it is exactly the opposite.