What About Jurickson Profar?
He is the number one ranked prospect in all of Major League Baseball according to mlb.com. Yet, his path to the Major Leagues appears to be blocked because the players on the Big Club that are situated at his positions are locked up with long-term deals. So Jurickson Profar bides his time at Round Rock, the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. I suppose it doesn’t really bother Profar about his status as hot shot-in sort-of limbo. After all, he just turned 20 in February and he already had a taste of Major League competition at the end of the 2012 season. A competent Ranger organization knows what they are doing so I would say the youngster for the moment is in good hands.
At the end of last season, the Curacao native seemed to be ready to make the leap to Texas to become the everyday shortstop. Incumbent Elvis Andrus was rumored to be sent to any number of places including the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton. Andrus himself also became the Rangers’ starting shortstop at age 20. It was thought that he could be dealt for a power hitting outfielder to fill the void by the departing Josh Hamilton. Then Andrus was inked to an eight-year extension for around $120 million dollars just as Opening Day arrived. It would be natural to assume that Profar could slide over to second base; however Ian Kinsler is showing no signs of slowing down batting .336 with six home runs in 2013. He is signed through the 2017 season with an option for 2018. Of the two veterans that would be moved to make room for Profar, it would probably be Kinsler as his salary dips from $16 million to $14 million in 2016 and then to $11 million the following season. Or it could be Profar that is moved to become some other team’s everyday shortstop.
Since we are in May, any talk about Profar’s future will probably come after the season. Right now, he has played 21 games at short and 3 games at second for Round Rock. The batting average (.231) isn’t great, the on-base average (.352) is OK but probably needs to be .375 and higher. To view a full profile on Profrar click here and find out why people around the game are so excited about him. Texas seems to be in no hurry to make a decision on the future of its prized prospect. On Opening Day 2014 you can bet that Jurickson Profar will be a in a starting lineup. The question is will it be with the Rangers or somewhere else?
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