A three-man catching rotation is never a good idea. This is what the Phillies minor league department put the Clearwater Threshers through in April and May. Finally, it came to an end recently with Edgar Cabral taken off the active roster. This at least means alternating top catching prospect Rodolfo Duran with perennial backup Colby Fitch.
Duran had the game of his career last night in Daytona going 4 for 4 including a two-run homer, a RBI single and a two-run double. It took 119 at bats but Duran finally went deep for the first time this season with his homer in his first at bat. His RBI single in the sixth inning drove in what turned out to be the winning run for a 4-2 lead. He would later tack on a tw0-run double in the eight inning. His five RBIs in the game paced the Threshers to the 8-3 win in FSL action.
Above video is from a preseason game in early April.
Last season with Lakewood in the Sally (South Atlantic League), Duran hit 18 regular season homers and three more in the playoffs. In a combined 94 games he hit 21 homers last season. By this time last year from the start of the season, he had hit four homers. Starting on June 9th of last season, he hit 7 more homers in the rest of the month. So we might have a lot to look forward to from the 21-yer-old catcher the rest of the season, if last year is any indication.
Duran continues to play good defense behind the plate this season. He has been charged with no errors in 335 chances in the games he has caught for the Threshers and has thrown out 39% of base stealing attempts.
The above video is from a game earlier this week against Jupiter at Spectrum Field
We can’t wait to to see what Duran’s bat could do in the cozy confines of Reading FirstEnergy Stadium some day!