Four Texas Rangers who will have breakthrough seasons in 2019

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 02: Rougned Odor #12 and Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2 in 10 innings at Angel Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 02: Rougned Odor #12 and Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2 in 10 innings at Angel Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 19: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers fields a ground ball against the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 19, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Jurickson Profar Will Show Why He Was the Number One Prospect in Baseball

Last season, Profar posted career highs in almost every category that matters–average, OPS, home runs, RBI, and walks. This came despite playing at least ten games each at four different positions. Baseball players thrive on consistency, a luxury Profar has never been given in his time with the Rangers.

That’ll change next season. Profar is penciled in as the starting third baseman. Adrian Beltre left big shoes to fill, but I think Profar will succeed in keeping the hot corner productive. He won’t have to think as much about his defensive responsibilities, helping him focus at the plate. I think his batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS will all improve.

The 25-year-old even flashed some base running ability last year, swiping ten bags in ten attempts. He profiles as a perfect lead-off hitter, something the Rangers have been missing lately.

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