On Tuesday, Texas Rangers general manger Jon Daniels said over and over that the club’s top prospect, Jurickson Profar, could play in the big leagues this season. If you know anything about Profar, you know that’s a crock because he will definitely play MLB in 2013, whether it’s with the Rangers or another team.
That’s not to say that Profar will certainly be traded, but it’s a strong possibility. Regardless, Profar will definitely play in the big leagues for the Rangers and it will undoubtedly be at least half the season. Before the trade deadline, either he or shortstop Elvis Andrus will be moved and Texas can’t show Profar off as trade bait or evaluate him as a starter if he’s yawning while setting records at Triple-A Round Rock. (That’s not a shot at the Express; I’m a huge fan).
Why Daniels is pretending like Profar will stay in the minors is puzzling because even if this is just smoke he’s blowing, it’s not going to benefit Texas at all. Other clubs that are interested in trading for Profar need to know that they will be able to evaluate him. Even if the Rangers already know they’re going to keep Profar and trade Andrus, why would they hinder the youngster’s growth? That makes no sense, so pay no attention to Daniels’ strange statement. Profar may start the season in Round Rock, but he’ll play at least 100 games with the Rangers or some other big league team in 2013 and you can bet on that.