Texas Rangers End of Season Awards

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Nomar Mazara
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ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 17: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers hits a game tying two-run double against the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 17, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 13-12. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

Most Improved Player: Jurickson Profar

Profar’s major leagues successes have been few and far between. That is, until 2019. The former #1 MLB prospect finally played to his potential in his age 25 season. He stayed healthy and the Rangers finally decided to grant him consistent playing time. As a result, Profar put together perhaps the most complete season of any player on the roster.

If you want to compare last season to this season, here’s all you need to know…

Profar played in 22 games in 2018 and stepped to the plate only 70 times. Those two numbers compare to 144 games and 588 plate appearances in 2019.

I’m not even sure Profar can be considered an improved player. Reason being, there’s a good chance he was capable all along of playing like he did this season. He just needed playing time.

In the span of a season, Profar went from being a utility infielder to the likely replacement to the legendary Adrian Beltre at third base. As a matter of fact, his 2019 play provides comfort and reassurance that the Texas Rangers might just be okay without Beltre.