Will the now-healthy Profar win a spot in the Rangers’ crowded infield or be traded?
With the beginning of each new season, there are players whose names are on the block. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype.
Teams are still taking a chance on them though because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into place for that player, they could be a difference maker in the team’s season.
Still the teams who are taking a chance on these kinds of players, whether they’re already on the big league club or were just given the chance to make the team via an invite to big league camp during spring training, patience is beginning to wear thin. These players need to come up big in spring training and during the early part of the season or potentially be replaced, released or relegated to the minors.
Jurickson Profar is that player for the Texas Rangers this season. After being named the top prospect in all of baseball going into the 2013 season by ESPN’s Keith Law, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. Profar was called up in 2013 to replace injured second baseman Ian Kinsler. He played in 85 games for the Rangers that season, after having made his big league debut in September 2012.
Unfortunately Profar then ran into a series of shoulder injuries that caused him to miss all of 2014 and finally succumb to surgically repairing his shoulder in 2015, rendering him out for the season.
For more on Profar, his progress so far this spring and what, if any potential role he may have with the Texas Rangers, you can read the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: