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With Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli now out of the picture for the Texas Rangers, they will be looking for new sources of offense.
While general manager Jon Daniels signed free agents Lance Berkman and A.J. Pierzynski to help replace some of that lost offense, the Rangers will still need contributions from other candidates.
That infusion could well come from prospect infielder Jurickson Profar.
The 20-year-old Curacao native got a brief look during a September call-up last year, appearing in nine games and going deep in his first at-bat in the majors.
Profar also opted not to participate for the Netherlands in the upcoming WBC, choosing instead to work on locking down a roster spot for the Rangers.
It's likely a smart move for Profar, who could see plenty of time in the middle infield this coming season and make his mark at the plate.
In a conversation with members of the media on Friday, Rangers owner Nolan Ryan said that Profar needs at-bats and regular playing time to better serve his development.
Via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"I think you put him out there everyday in spring training, give him an opportunity to play short and second, give him an opportunity to get as many at-bats to try to establish a comfort level of where you think he is in his development, see how spring training goes, and at the end of spring training sort it out," Ryan said. "That's the way it has to be approached. That way you have options and you have comfort level of where he is and then what the need of the team is. I think it's a great position to be in."
With an infield that appears to be set, Profar could be starting his season at Triple-A Round Rock. However, the Rangers won't hesitate to re-call him quickly should the need arise at the major league level.