Ezequiel Duran

Ezequiel Duran

25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Texas Rangers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Duran emerged as a force for the Rangers and for fantasy managers in the first three months last season, slashing a robust .320/.361/.557 with 12 home runs over 233 plate appearances. The 24-year-old's over-aggressiveness eventually caught up to him, though, as he bottomed out from July on with a .225/.283/.310 line and just two homers in 59 contests. Duran's last start of the regular season came on Sept. 15 and he didn't play in the playoffs during the Rangers' run to the World Series. The poor finish puts Duran's future playing time in a precarious spot, although working in his favor is his ability to play all over the field. Duran has some loud tools, as his 96th percentile max exit velocity and 91st percentile sprint speed can attest. He's been a free swinger since his minor-league days, though, so it's fair to question whether he'll ever make enough contact for those tools to shine through. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#314
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in March of 2024.
Fills in at shortstop
SSTexas Rangers
June 12, 2024
Duran started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 15-2 loss to the Dodgers.
ANALYSIS
Duran started in place of the injured Corey Seager (hamstring), who missed a fourth consecutive game. Josh Smith has served as the primary fill-in when Seager's been unavailable this season, but Smith was given a break Tuesday. Duran produced a run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning then popped his second home run of the season in the seventh. He has a modest seven-game hit streak (8-for-25, seven RBI) and hit safely in 14 of the previous 16 games. The Rangers maintain that Seager's injury is not serious and are not considering a stint on the IL.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
1
12
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
6
6
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .760 246 26 8 34 2 .261 .317 .442
Since 2022vs Right .698 559 65 13 50 11 .267 .308 .389
2024vs Left .626 62 4 0 4 0 .268 .323 .304
2024vs Right .709 84 7 2 9 1 .288 .321 .388
2023vs Left .837 132 16 6 18 2 .273 .333 .504
2023vs Right .738 307 39 8 28 6 .277 .320 .418
2022vs Left .718 52 6 2 12 0 .224 .269 .449
2022vs Right .619 168 19 3 13 4 .239 .280 .340
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .784 359 43 15 42 4 .275 .326 .458
Since 2022Away .662 446 48 6 42 9 .257 .299 .363
2024Home .615 61 3 0 6 1 .250 .311 .304
2024Away .717 85 8 2 7 0 .300 .329 .388
2023Home .866 211 29 11 27 1 .301 .351 .515
2023Away .676 228 26 3 19 7 .252 .300 .376
2022Home .703 87 11 4 9 2 .232 .276 .427
2022Away .604 133 14 1 16 2 .238 .278 .325
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Stat Review
How does Ezequiel Duran compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.24
 
BB Rate
5.5%
 
K Rate
22.6%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.074
 
AVG
.279
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.353
 
OPS
.675
 
wOBA
.301
 
Exit Velocity
86.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.7%
 
Barrels/PA
1.4%
 
Expected BA
.238
 
Expected SLG
.325
 
Sprint Speed
25.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.0%
 
Line Drive %
22.1%
 
Fly Ball %
28.8%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
More opportunities at third likely
SSTexas Rangers
April 1, 2024
Josh Jung suffered a fractured right wrist Monday, per Kennedi Landry of MLB.com, which should result in Duran seeing more playing time at third base.
ANALYSIS
It's literally a tough break for Jung, who also missed time down the stretch last season due to a fractured finger. Every injury creates opportunity though, with Duran and Josh Smith the prime candidates to benefit in Texas. Duran was unable to seize a regular role late last year with Jung sidelined and posted a .493 OPS during the final month of the season. though he's 3-for-7 with a double and a stolen base in his brief action this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2020
Duran is an exciting potential of ingredients who frankly needs more time to bake in the minors. He has the raw tools to be a successful fantasy contributor at some point in his professional career, but 2023 is unlikely to be that time as his impatience at the plate and issues making contact have gotten the better of him at the upper levels of the sport. He would seemingly enter the spring in competition with Josh Jung for the third base job, and could very well earn it if the near year-long layoff for Jung comes into play during March. Duran will likely make the roster in a reserve capacity but the club may also decide regular at bats in Triple-A is better for him. Given the experienced and expensive depth on the roster, a solid spring from Jung almost guarantees a red tag hanging from Duran's locker after a late March game.
An outstanding small-sample Dominican Summer League performance in 2017 and reports of explosive athleticism have had Duran on the dynasty-league radar for a couple years, but it wasn't until his 2019 season in the New York-Penn League that the substance started to match the hype. He cut his groundball rate to a career-best 42.2% en route to leading the league with 13 homers -- his 143 wRC+ ranked fifth among hitters 20 and under. While he stole 11 bases on 15 tries, his athleticism has declined since he signed in 2017, and he now projects as a strong second baseman with big thump in his bat. The key for Duran in the coming years will be improving his approach. A 27.8 K% for a 20-year-old in short-season ball does not portend an impressive BA or OBP at Low-A, so it should not be a huge surprise if he struggles early in 2020.
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Starts at third base
SSTexas Rangers
June 8, 2024
Duran started at third base and went 2-for-3 an RBI in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Giants.
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Helps fill in for injured mate
SSTexas Rangers
June 6, 2024
Duran entered as a pinch runner for Corey Seager (hamstring) and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Thursday's 9-1 win over Detroit. He was also picked off/caught stealing.
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Heading to bench Wednesday
SSTexas Rangers
June 5, 2024
Duran is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
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Starts at 1B again
SSTexas Rangers
June 4, 2024
Duran started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a double in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
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Getting fourth straight start
SSTexas Rangers
June 2, 2024
Duran will start at first base and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Marlins.
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