Jurickson Profar update (Winter league)
By David Cash
Sep 26, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) rounds third base after hitting a walk off home run during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The Dominican Winter League has been underway for almost a month now. Jurickson Profar has continued to play very well in the league. During the last report on the Dominican Winter league on October 24, 2013, Profar was leading the league in batting average with .579. Since then, he has come back down to Earth.
Jurickson Profar currently ranks 7th overall in batting average with a .328. He was leading the overall batting average, but in his last 10 games he is only batting .205. Profar in his last game went 0 for 4 against Toros. Profar flew out to center once and grounded out several times. Profar did managed to draw a walk and score a run.
Besides for his batting average, Profar is 1st in runs with 16, 4th in hits with 20, 4th in on base percentage with .432 and 7th in slugging plus on base with .924.
With his continued success in winter ball, it should drive up interest in the 20 year old Texas Rangers. Back in September Jon Daniels talked about the possibility of trading Profar, now again in November, there is talk about trading him, Elvis Andrus or Ian Kinsler.
According to TR Sullivan…they are willing to trade some of the infielders this year.
With the infield getting crowded, Ian Kinsler might be traded to allow Jurickson Profar to have more playing time. If continues to develop the way the Texas Rangers want him to in the Dominican Winter League, they would love to have his bat and defensive skills. With Kinsler unwilling to move positions to allow Profar to play, it seems likely that creates a scenario where Kinsler is traded to make room for the rising star.
Ian Kinsler at one time did mention he would do what it took to make the team better, but later said he wants to stay at second base.
If Profar is traded, what will the Rangers get in return? With the busy offseason, we might see sooner than later.
- Ranked number one overall prospect in 2012 by MLB.com
- Called up by the Texas Rangers back in May 2013
- Appeared in 85 games and bounced around the infield even the outfield.
- Batted an average .234 and 6 home runs.