Jurickson Profar Opportunity Is Calling Your Name

by Chris Lacey | Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013
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Jurickson Profar

When the season began many people expected that top prospect Jurickson Profar would make the Texas Rangers Opening Day roster. Texas instead opted to send their young superstar to Triple-A Round Rock and this would allow him to enhance his skills as a player.

There would be an opportunity for him to join the team if a player was injured during the season. That chance has come up with the injury to the Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler has an intercostal strain, this is the same injury that that forced David Wright out of the World Baseball Classic.

The Rangers believe that the injury is minor, but they don’t want it to get worse. So, with Kinsler going on DL, this is a great way for Profar to show everyone why he is rated as the top prospect in all of baseball.

This injury hurts like a two-edged sword for the Rangers. They will miss the production that Kinsler was providing for them season, but this also allows them to see what kind of player they have in Profar. Texas has started the season off great, and they owe some of that to Kinsler, as indicated by his .302/.369/.869 triple-slash to go along with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs.

Profar has not been a slouch this season with his offensive production, as indicated by his .278/.370/.807 triple-slash. He is their shortstop of the future, but has played second base in the minors.

He was brought up last season, but that was as the Rangers were gearing up for the playoffs. This time it has more meaning with him taking the role of a player, who is crucial to their success.

He will be expected to pick up some of the slack that they are missing without Kinsler, but this will not be an issue. Profar has shown that he can handle the bat, and that he also has power to all fields.

Another positive for Texas is that he will give them another element of speed along with Elvis Andrus in the lineup. I can’t wait to see what he does in his first game this season, and also how he impacts the Rangers as their season progresses.

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Chris Lacey
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Chris Lacey has been following baseball since he was 12 years old. His allegiances are with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Follow Chris on Twitter @aecanada12

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