Skip to main content

There's a 100 mph pitcher waiting in St. Paul to join the Twins

Jhoan Duran is a fast-rising prospect with a big-time arm.
Jhoan Duran

Jhoan Duran is his name and he could very well be one of the top starting pitchers for the Minnesota Twins in the not-so-distant future. 

Durant, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, struck out 8 of the 13 batters he faced while pitching for the St. Paul Saints – the Twins' Triple-A affiliate – on Thursday night, and he struck out two batters with 100 mph fastballs. 

As Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic pointed out in a column written Thursday, Duran has been clocked as high as 103 mph in St. Paul this season, though everyone agrees that the radar guns at CHS Field are running a bit hot. Per Gleeman, Duran could be an arm starting or relieving for the Twins after the All-Star break. 

"Duran profiles as a front-line starter if his off-speed pitches develop fully, so the 23-year-old right-hander could be a rotation option for the Twins in the second half. He may also tempt them as a late-season bullpen option, much like Brusdar Graterol did in 2019."

As for the inflated radar gun in St. Paul the Saints were in Iowa on Thursday night and Duran still checked in at 101 mph. 

After the 2019 season, Twins Daily profiled Duran's best traits and they all fall in line with being a hard-throwing, dominating starting pitcher. 

"He has all the traits teams are looking for when it comes to starting pitchers at the big league level. His four-seam fastball is consistently in the mid-to-upper 90s and he can crank it into triple-digits. To get strikeouts, he uses a 90+ mph two-seamer that acts more like a sinker/splitter. His curveball continues to improve and his change-up continues to get more work."

So where could Duran fit into Minnesota's starting rotation? Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda and Jose Berrios should only pitch better than they have through the first thrid of the season, but there are still holes in the rotation with Michael Shoemaker and J.A. Happ falling off a cliff over his past few starts. 

If anyone in the starting rotation continues to struggle, it could open the door for Duran to make his MLB debut. 

Next Up

Semi into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

Semi drives into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

The force from the semi was so strong that the foundation of the house was moved.


18-year-old from Zumbrota dies in Goodhue County crash

The crash happened in rural Goodhue County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

3 Minneapolis beaches closed due to E. coli contamination

No illnesses have been reported, according to the MPRB.


'Hockeyland' documentary debuting in Minnesota movie theaters

The documentary has received great reviews at numerous film festivals.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Former Minnesota Olympic runner accused of driving drunk in Eden Prairie crash

Police said the man's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.


Man, 79, killed in ATV rollover near Faribault

The man was declared dead at the scene.

minneapolis police

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

The woman was shot only about a half-hour after a 14-year-old suffered critical injuries in an apparent accidental discharge.

prior lake high school

Two students face discipline over racist messages at Prior Lake High School

Families and students were largely uncooperative with the investigation.

Sharon and Herb Vasser

Cause of Hopkins house explosion that killed couple revealed

Sharon and Herb Vassar were killed in the explosion. Herb built the home back in 1962.

Arrows on target

Charges: Minnesota camp counselor fired arrows at kids, injuring boy

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the arm with an arrow.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Two Harbors votes overwhelmingly to recall Mayor Chris Swanson

The mayor had been scrutinized for several things leading up to the vote Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 8.43.50 AM

Suspected gunman at large after homicide near Albert Lea

The 32-year-old suspect was last seen in a 2004 white Ford F-150 with Minnesota license number EUZ-057.


Jhoan Duran

Twins Daily prospect rankings: #6 Jhoan Duran

Counting down the top prospects, and Duran has a chance to make waves this season.

Alex Kirilloff

Twins Daily: Comparing Twins' top prospects to MLB stars

What time does the World Series parade start?

Joe Ryan

Strikeout machine Joe Ryan to make MLB debut for Twins

Joe Ryan is expected to take the mound Wednesday night against the Cubs.

Jhoan Duran

Future of Twins starting pitching prospects is promising

The Twins rotation is struggling but help is on the way ... eventually.


Brusdar Graterol promoted, now 1 step from joining Twins

The hard-throwing pitchers are one step closer to joining the Twins.

Alex Kirilloff

Twins Daily's prospect countdown: #2 Alex Kirilloff

Kirilloff might be on the fast track to the big leagues.

Brusdar Graterol

Report: Trade held up because Boston wants more from the Twins

Not the Friday news Twins fans were hoping to hear.