Our readers have voted infielder Ezequiel Duran as the Pinstriped Prospects 2019 Staten Island Yankees Player of the Year. Duran won with 44% of the total votes, beating out third baseman Andres Chaparro and Right-handed pitcher Anderson Munoz who each had 35% and 10% of the vote respectfully.
The 20-year-old out of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic hit .256/329/.496 in 66 games for Staten Island, he hit 12 doubles, four triples and set a career-high of 13 home runs and 37 RBIs. Duran demonstrated a strong power ability at the plate and was just one home run away from tying the team record for most home runs in a single season.
While Duran’s K% stayed roughly the same as last season, 27.7% in 2018 versus 27.8% in 2019, he drastically increased his BB% from 3.8% in 2018 to 9% in 2019. He hit for a .314 BABIP in 2019, up from .265 in 2018 and earned a wRC+ of 143.
Ezequiel Duran was at home at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, hitting .284/.351/.537 at home this past season. He also thrived during the month of July when he hit .333/.392/.630 in 26 games with seven home runs and seven doubles during the month.