Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt were very popular topics of conversation this offseason. Hold on to them? Or trade them?
When the Rangers decided to keep their prized prospects, it seemed safe to assume they were both assured spots on the Opening Day roster. But with spring training now in full swing, their roles remain unclear.
Veteran All-Stars block Profar and Olt from their natural positions, and the front office doesn’t like the idea of bringing them off the bench.
It’s an unpopular decision, but maybe they’re right.
So far this spring, Olt is hitting .158 and Profar .185. While they have little to prove in the minors, they will still get valuable at-bats every day rather than spectating from the bench.
The Rangers have a lot invested in these two, and until they have clearly defined roles or are tearing the cover off the ball, there is no reason to rush them onto the field.