Top Prospect Jurickson Profar Called Up by Texas Rangers
Major League Baseball's top prospect, Jurickson Profar, is done terrorizing minor league pitching, at least for now.
With Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler headed to the disabled list with a rib injury, the team has reportedly called up the burgeoning 20-year-old prospect.
The news was made official on Sunday via a release by the Rangers:
The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, with a right intercostal strain. To take Kinsler’s place on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled infielder Jurickson Profar (No. 13) from Triple-A Round Rock.
It's unfortunate to see Kinsler headed to the DL. He was off to a terrific start to the season with a .302/.369/.500 line to go with seven home runs, 20 RBI and 24 runs scored.
After an underwhelming 2012 campaign (despite being named an All-Star), Kinsler was beginning to regain the form as one of the most dangerous middle-infielder sluggers in the league.
Despite the underlying circumstances, however, Profar's call-up to The Show comes with anticipation and excitement.
Rated as the game's pre-2013 No. 1 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com, it has never really been a matter of if Profar would become a star, but when.
Texas gave him a tiny cup of coffee last September, when he hit .176 with a home run in 17 plate appearances. While he became just the sixth teenager ever to record a postseason hit, it was apparent that he was slightly overwhelmed.
This time around, though, he looks more prepared.
He struggled a bit to start the season with Triple-A Round Rock, but has been swinging a scorching bat as of late, upping his averages to .278/.370/.438 with four home runs, six stolen bases and 27 runs scored.
Perhaps most impressive—and most telling for his future success—for a player of his age is the fact that he has 21 walks to just 24 strikeouts.
How long will Profar stay in the majors?
There's a chance Profar will only be up as long as Kinsler remains sidelined, but if he showcases his gaudy combination of hitting ability, defense and speed that has him labeled as the apex prospect in the game, the Rangers will have some decisions to make.
Should Profar indeed prove he belongs in the majors for the long term, the team will have to find a way to get him, Kinsler and Elvis Andrus all in the lineup on a daily basis.
For now, though, it's time to sit back and watch one of the most promising, talented young players in the world compete at the highest level.
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