WAREHAM- Former Gatemen Jarren Duran (Red Sox), Anthony Kay (Mets), and Joey Bart (Giants) have all impressed in Minor League Baseball earning spots in the MLB Futures Game
Duran played with the Wareham Gatemen in the summer of 2017. Duran had a good season for the Gatemen batting (.281) in 34 games played. Duran played a key role in the postseason for the team batting (.412).
The Boston Red Sox selected Duran in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB draft. Duran played college baseball at Long Beach State and they have a storied history of successful infielders. Jason Giambi, Evan Longoria, Jeff McNeil, and Troy Tulowitzki were all a part of the baseball program at one point.
Duran was originally scouted for being an exceptionally fast player. Duran was never known for his hitting with an average batting average of (.294) in his 3 seasons at Long Beach State but has burst onto the scene in his first season of professional baseball.
In 50 games with the Class A Salem Sea Dogs Duran had a batting average of (.387) with 19 RBI and 4 home runs. Since getting called up to the AA Portland Sea Dogs, Duran in 21 appearances is batting (.207). The 22 year old prospect has already worked his way up to being ranked the ninth best Red Sox prospect.
Kay played with the Wareham Gatemen in the summer of 2014. Kay was 2-2 with an ERA of (2.74) in 39.1 innings. The New York Mets originally drafted Kay out of high school in 2013 but he decided to play college baseball at UCONN. In two seasons with the Huskies Kay was 17-7 with an average ERA of (2.42). Kay was a strikeout machine striking out 196 batters in 211 innings.
The Mets eventually got their man drafting kay with the 31stoverall pick in the 2016 MLB draft. The Mets have a very strong pitching rotation with the likes of Jacob DeGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, and may soon add another weapon in Kay. Kay is currently ranked as the Mets third best prospect.
It was a slow start for Kay in professional baseball getting Tommy John surgery and then posting an ERA of (4.26) in Single-A baseball last season. This season Kay has bounced back with a 7-3 record and (1.49) ERA with the AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Kay has the best ERA in the Mets farm system and has struck out 70 batters in 66 innings.
Bart played with the Wareham Gatemen in the summer of 2016. Bart was one of the best players in the CCBL that season batting (.309) with 21 RBI, and 2 home runs in 30 games. Bart was selected to the CCBL All Star Game as well.
The San Francisco Giants selected Bart with the second overall pick in 2018 the MLB draft. Bart’s numbers at Georgia Tech backed up the selection. In his junior season Bart had a (.359) batting average leading the ACC. Bart was named ACC player of the year and won the Johnny Bench Award which is awarded to the best catcher in college baseball.
Bart signed with the Giants for $7,025,000, the largest signing bonus ever for a position player. In 45 games with Class A Salem-Keizer Bart slashed .298/.369./613 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI.
For the 2019 season Bart played with the Class A San Jose Giants but suffered a broken hand on April 15th. Bart has had some struggles since returning from the hand injury but has displayed enough skill to earn a spot in the MLB Future Game.