The Texas Rangers have added yet another intriguing piece to their already offensively endowed lineup. The Rangers will welcome one of baseball’s top prospects in Jurickson Profar as MLB rosters are set to expand today. The switch-hitting middle infielder has turned in a moderately impressive performance at Double-A Frisco this season (.281/.368/.452; 14 HR; 16 SB; 11.7 BB%) and holds the distinction of topping both Keith Law’s and Kevin Goldstein’s midseason top 50 prospect lists.
Profar will likely be used sparingly at shortstop and second base down the stretch, spelling Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler, while figuring into Ron Washington’s plan as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. The 19-year old’s primary position is shortstop (97 games there at Double-A Frisco this season), but he’s made 25 appearances at second base and one at third base. His power and speed combo, positional versatility, and pedigree could very well propel him to a spot on the Rangers’ post-season roster.
Law projects Profar as a plus defender, although he has committed 22 errors at shortstop with Frisco this season.
Where Profar figures into the Rangers’ long-term plans remains a bit of a mystery, though. Kinsler is under contract until the end of the 2017 season, and Andrus’ current deal takes him to the end of 2014. A strong showing in September and the potential of showcasing his abilities in the post-season could force the Rangers to make a move with Profar’s future in mind this winter.
With their respective teams quashing the arrival of prized pitching prospects like Gerrit Cole and Dylan Bundy for this season, and the Kansas City Royals’ decision to wait on Wil Myers, Profar will be the September call-up to keep an eye on down the stretch.
And The Rest
The Oakland A’s put up a 20-spot on the Boston Red Sox last night. [MLB]
Alfonso Soriano would feel comfortable as a player on the Giants, but doesn’t welcome the idea of living in San Francisco. [CSN Chicago]
Prospect guru Kevin Goldstein says goodbye to the internet as he takes a position with the Houston Astros. I await for a call from the Baltimore Orioles with an offer to be their director of GIFs. [Baseball Prospectus]
Chipper Jones leveled Phillies catcher Erik Kratz on a play at home. Kratz is a f**king catcher, and that’s what catchers do. [Crashburn Alley]
Tim Stauffer will have elbow surgery. [San Diego Padres]
Murray Chass believes it’s all well and good if Stephen Strasburg blows out his arm as long as he has a ring to gaze at. [Murray Chass]
Kenley Jansen is throwing, but his status will not be determined until after he sees a heart specialist. [Los Angeles Times]