September 26, 2022
Ex-Yankees prospect sent to Rangers in Joey Gallo trade impresses in MLB debut after raking in the minors

As a result, the 28-year-old Gallo, who’s a two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, has become a punching bag for Yankees fans. This won’t help the situation.

The Rangers called up Ezequiel Duran on Saturday, who made his MLB debut playing in pair of games over the weekend. Duran went 2-for-7 and collected his first big-league hit in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Duran hit a single in the second inning and his first MLB home run in the seventh inning.

On top of that, FanGraphs reported that as of Sunday, “Ezequiel Duran leads the minors with 24 doubles. The 23-year-old middle infielder in the Texas Rangers system is slashing .317/.365/.574 with a 132 wRC+ in 200 plate appearances for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.”

Duran produces some of the best exit velocities in the system and legitimate power to all fields because his hands and wrists are strong and create explosive bat speed from the right side of the plate. In order to fully tap into his pop, he’ll need to chase pitches out of the strike zone less frequently and learn to solve quality breaking balls. … Add in his solid speed, and Duran has 20-20 potential. While his average arm is best suited for second base, New York’s infield instructors thought he showed enough range and carry on his throws in the Dominican last fall to merit time at shortstop in the future. His quick hands help him in the field as well as at the plate, especially with turning double plays.

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