Mar 6, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) celebrates a grand slam home run against the San Diego Padres in the sixth inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jurickson Profar is a great young talent that is supposed to have a breakout season. Will he? That is yet to be seen, but what we do know about Jurickson Profar so far in 2014 is that he is not playing second yet because of shoulder tendonitis, and that he is knocking the cover off of the ball at the plate. Profar now has the most at bats on the team (33), the most home runs (2), and the most RBI (11). He hit a grand slam Sunday and another home run yesterday. He is looking ready for the season at the plate.
Jurickson Profar has a reputation for figuring it out at every level he has played at in his professional career, and I believe that this will be the year that he figures it out in the majors. He has a consistent routine, a consistent place to play in the field thanks to he Ian Kinsler trade, and he is in his second year in the majors. In 2011 he played in 115 games for the Hickory Crawdads (A ball) and he had a line of .286/.390/.493/.883 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI. In 2012 at Frisco he played in 126 games and had a line of .281/.368/.452/.820 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI. Pretty consistant numbers from season to season. Last season with the Texas Rangers, Jurickson Profar only got into 85 games (32 games at second base, 18 games at short stop, 10 games at third base, 20 games at designated hitter and even four games in the outfield. This year he will have a consistent spot and I think that is going to help his numbers tremendously. Look for Profar to have another .280+ batting average, 10+ home runs and 60+ RBI season now that he is the man at second.
I am not ready to say that Jurickson Profar, at 21 years of age, is the key to the 2014 Texas Rangers success, but I think he will be a part of that success. It is time for the young man to shine, and shine I think he will.
All stats from baseball reference.