Jhoan Manuel Duran...Twitter: @JhoanDuran14...Instagram: @jhoan_duran59...earned high school equivalency diploma on Jan. 29, 2020 after a two-year course of study to become part of the second graduating class of the Twins’ baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.
Added to 60-man Player Pool and spent season at alternate training site in St. Paul, MN...Ranked fifth best prospect and best fastball in Twins system by Baseball America...ranked Twins fifth best prospect by MLB.com.
Entered the season ranked the seventh-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America...Began season with Single-A Ft. Myers ... Named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Week June 2, making one start for the Miracle, allowing one run on two hits in 6.0 innings pitched with 14 strikeouts ... Promoted to Double-A Pensacola July 25...Recorded double-digit strikeout totals in three starts: 14 on May 26 at Daytona, 11 on June 18 at Charlotte and 11 on August 23 vs. Jackson...Combined to go 5-12, 3.76 ERA (115.0 IP, 48 ER) with 40 walks, 136 strikeouts and a .230 opponent batting average in 23 games (22 starts) at both levels combined...held right-handed batters to a .183 average and left-handed batters to a .293 average...Finished season ranked as ninth-best prospect in Twins system by MLB.com...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 20...Earned high school equivalency diploma on January 29 after a two-year course of study to become part of the second graduating class of the Twins' baseball academy in the Dominican Republic...Ranked as sixth best prospect and best changeup in Twins system by Baseball America following the season.
Began season with Single-A Kane County (Arizona), appearing in 15 games...traded to Minnesota along with outfielders Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel in exchange for Eduardo Escobar; assigned to Single-A Cedar Rapids...in his first start with the Kernels on July 30, threw 7.0 scoreless and hitless innings while walking one and striking out eight...named Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week and Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 29-August 5, went 1-0, 2.03 ERA (13.1 IP, 3 ER) with 17 strikeouts in two starts.
Split season between AZL Diamondbacks and Single-A Hillsboro...named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 20, earned the win in his only start after shutting out Eugene on one hit and one walk with five strikeouts over 7.0 innings.