Ezequiel Alberto Duran…signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on 7/2/17 out of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic…fell off the international prospect radar after failing to register with MLB following his 16th birthday in 2015, but came to terms with New York-AL as an 18-year-old two years later…signed by NYY scouts Juan Rosario, Raymon Sanchez and Victor Mata.
MAJORS IN 2022: Had contract selected from Double-A Frisco and made MLB debut on 6/4, marking the first of two big league stints on the campaign...recorded pair of hits, including first Major League HR (solo) on 6/5 vs. SEA...hit safely in 10 of first 13 career MLB games from 6/4-17, batting .308 (16- 52) with two HR and eight RBI in that span...became eighth player in club history to hit safely in 10-or-more of his first 13 career games...recorded three consecutive multi-hit efforts, 6/11-13, going 6-14 (.429) with two 2B, one HR and four RBI in span...optioned to Triple-A Round Rock 6/25 before being recalled on 7/21... hit safely in each of his first six games upon recall from 7/21-26 (.316/.381/.368)...recorded season-high eight-game hit streak from 8/4-14, slashing .355/.375/.516 with two 2B, one HR and three RBI during the run...optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock on 9/8.
MINORS IN 2022: Posted a .304/.346/.559 slash line with 16 HR and 57 RBI across 78 games with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, earning MiLB.com Organization All-Star honors in the process...began campaign at Double-A Frisco and slashed .321/.368/.582 over his first 45 games for the RoughRiders (4/8-6/3)...knocked in season-high five runs during multi-homer effort on 5/15 at Tulsa...sported the Texas League’s 5th-highest batting average and 6th-highest slugging (min. 150 AB) at the time of his initial callup on 6/4... pieced together a nine-game hit streak for Triple-A Round Rock from 7/8-17, netting him another callup to Texas on 7/21...was optioned back to Round Rock on 9/8, batting .269 (18-67) over his final 15 games, including a season-high five hits (2 HR) on 9/21 at Tacoma.
Acquired from the New York Yankees on 7/29 in six-player trade involving OF Joey Gallo...combined for a .267/.342/.486/.827 slash line with 19 HR, 79 RBI and 19 SB in 105 G at the High-A level between Hudson Valley in the NYY org. and Hickory in the TEX organization…was one of four players at the High-A level to accumulate at least 19 HR and 19 steals in 2021 (also CR’s Michael Helman, ROM’s Jesse Franklin V, EVE’s Connor Hoover)…ranked among High-A leaders in total bases (T4th, 202), RBI (5th, 79), extra-base hits (8th, 47) and hits (10th, 111)…his average exit velocity (92.0 mph) was tied with Sherten Apostel for the highest among Texas farmhands (source: FanGraphs)…split time mainly between second base (44 GS) and shortstop (40 GS), but saw majority of action at shortstop following the trade…spent the early portion of the 2021 offseason playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he slashed .278/.333/.611/.944 (20-72) with three home runs and 12 RBI in 19 G for the Surprise Saguaros…earned selection to the league’s annual “Fall Stars” All-Star game on 11/13…was added to Rangers’ 40-man roster on 11/19 as protection from the Rule 5 Draft…rated by Baseball America as the no. 11 prospect in the NYY system entering 2021 and the no. 5 prospect in the TEX system following the trade.
Did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Was named a Short-Season All-Star by Baseball America after hitting .256 (63-for-246) with 49R, 12 doubles, 4 triples, 13HR, 37RBI and 11SB in 66 games with short-season Single-A Staten Island…led the New York-Penn League in home runs and ranked second in runs, extra-base hits (29) and total bases (122), third in slugging (.496) and sixth in RBI…was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the NYPL by Baseball America…was named NYPL “Player of the Month” for July (.333, 36-for-108, 23R, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 7HR, 20RBI in 26G)…earned NYPL “Player of the Week” honors for 7/15-21 (.462, 12-for-26, 5R, 4 doubles, 2HR, 5RBI in 6G).
Played in 53 games for Rookie-level Pulaski.
Made his professional debut, hitting .393 (24-for-61) in 15 games with the DSL Yankees.