By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on March 17, 2014
The trade of Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers finally opened up a spot for Jurickson Profar at second base. The prized prospect has been growing a ton of support lately as a result, but he still isn’t worth drafting as a full-time starter this season. If you are still unconvinced, here are five reasons to avoid Jurickson Profar in one-and-done fantasy leagues this spring.
At 21 years old, Profar is still very immature. He was considered to be a prospect just last year and the converted shortstop will have a ton of learning to do over the next several years. He will certainly become a fantasy star in the future, but it will take him a few more years for him to fully develop into an everyday fantasy option.
The fantasy world was gushing over Profar’s call up last season, but the youngster was rather unimpressive in his rookie outing. He hit .234 on the year to go along with a meager six homers and two stolen bases. It was a complete letdown from a fantasy perspective.
The lineup of the Texas Rangers is absolutely stacked. Big names like Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, and Alex Rios are all sitting in the heart of the team’s batting order. Unfortunately, with all the team’s heavy-hitters, Profar will find himself at the bottom on the lineup card, which only means fewer at-bats on a nightly basis.
Profar has yet to play the field this spring, as he has battled shoulder tendonitis all off-season. He has been used as the team’s designated hitter sparingly in a couple Cactus League games, but it is still not promising to see him limited this spring. He will have a lot of catching up to do once he returns full-time and it will certainly have an impact on his 2014 fantasy numbers.
Despite all the attention and hype, Profar may not be an everyday player this season. If he has another lackluster season, he could end up being send down to the minors to get more experience, which would absolutely devastate his fantasy value this season.
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