He is the next big thing, but Jurickson Profar is no longer “that kid” in the Texas Rangers‘ farm system. Everyone now knows his name and they know he’s No. 1 among the top 100 MLB prospects of 2013. However, his role with the Rangers is still undecided although he will be under a microscope to perform this season.
After the incredible success Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout had in his rookie season, it’s easy for folks to just expect Profar to also set the woods on fire from Day 1. That may not be the case, though, if the Rangers can’t find a spot for him in the starting lineup.
Profar is just as solid at the plate as he is on the diamond. The kid literally has it all–quickness, power, speed, an accurate swing, an accurate arm and a knack for making big plays. The only problem is he plays the middle of the diamond, where the Rangers already have a hot duo in shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Ian Kinsler. Replacing either of those two players would require instant success and not just that, but championship-caliber success.
The Rangers left the 2012 MLB playoffs early after consecutive World Series trips in the previous two seasons, but they look ready to make another push at the Fall Classic in 2013. That push will include Profar in some shape, form or fashion. If he starts from opening day, the pressure will be incredible on the young man’s shoulders to perform. There’s only one way to find out how he’ll take it.