Duran’s impressive homer

The Reds 7-5 win over the Angels came on a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth by Juan Duran. It was a screamer of a line drive that hit the top of the right field wall above the yellow line for the homer. It got out there in a big hurry and it was impressive.

Reds bench coach Jay Bell managed the split-squad game and liked what he’s seen from Duran, an outfield prospect who signed with the club as a 16-year-old in 2008. He feels that he’s matured well over the past year, especially. Duran, by the way, is 6-foot-7 and 231 pounds.

“I’ll tell you what, he is very impressive,” Bell said. “Last year, he was just raw and going through the season last year, he did some really nice things. This spring, he has really impressed. Part of the reason why he’s impressed so much is he’s been opposite and center field quite a bit this spring.”

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Reds make 16 cuts to Spring Training roster
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com | March 11, 2014
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Reds made several roster moves following Tuesday’s game against the Giants.
The club optioned right-handed pitchers Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino and Chad Rogers along with left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville.
Outfielders Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez along with left-handed pitcher Ismael Guillon were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Right-handed pitchers Tim Crabbe, Michael Lorenzen and Robert Stephenson along with catchers Rossmel Perez and Max Ramirez and infielder Reynaldo Navarro were reassigned to Minor League camp. The club also released infielder Henry Rodriguez.
There are 44 players remaining in big league camp.

Remember…this was LAST years spring training cuts.

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