Tomase: With added muscle and new outlook, Duran is ready to prove himself originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The projected Red Sox starting outfield includes two definites and one maybe, and none of them are Jarren Duran.
What some might see as a fall from grace for last year’s red-hot prospect could actually be an opportunity.
Duran spent the winter sculpting an already impressive physique, adding 10 pounds of muscle. But more importantly, he hung with college buddies from Long Beach who engaged in a nonstop barrage of bleep-talking and chops-busting that Duran hopes to carry back into the Red Sox clubhouse after a quiet, tentative rookie year that curtailed his energy.
Adjusting to big league pitching and finding a swing that covers the entire plate will ultimately decide whether he opens the season in Boston or Worcester, but manager Alex Cora believes he’ll also benefit from embracing his natural exuberance.
“One thing I told him for this season is we want…