Rangers call up Jurickson Profar

Rangers call up baseball's top prospect Profar

5/20/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

On Sunday, the Texas Rangers were forced to place second baseman Ian Kinsler on the disabled list with a rib injury. While Kinsler was enjoying a productive season (.302, 24 runs, 20 RBI), his absence from the lineup may not be as crippling as one may think. To replace Kinsler at second base, the Rangers have called up Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock. Profar is widely considered to be the best prospect in baseball.
Blog Photo - Rangers call up Jurickson Profar
Despite the high praise frequently received by Profar, the Rangers did not have him playing a major role in their 2013 plans. The team already has two viable middle infielders in Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, and at only 20 years old, there is no reason to fast track Profar to the majors before he is ready. Although there is a ton of hype surrounding this kid, we very well may see him back in the minors once Kinsler is healthy.

Another option for the Rangers, however, would be to test Profar in the outfield. The Rangers' outfielders have struggled so far this season, and Profar is a stellar defender with sensational athleticism who could likely adjust to the position change quickly. In order for this to happen, however, we'd probably have to see Profar drop jaws offensively during his stint at second base.

In 37 games at Triple-A Round Rock, Profar has batted .278 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 27 runs scored, and six stolen bases, primarily playing the shortstop position. He is a very well-rounded player who can contribute in all areas of the game. He's definitely worth a pickup in re-draft fantasy leagues, and probably should have been owned already in keeper leagues.
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