The Texas Rangers announced on Tuesday that super-prospect Jurickson Profar will start the 2013 season in Triple-A Round Rock. Is this the right choice for the Rangers franchise? And when will we see Profar in the majors?
Well to answer the first question, I do believe this is the right move for the franchise. Profar is only 20 years old and still has some developing to do. Instead of being in the majors and sitting behind Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler, Profar can go and start every game to get more experience.
Now on to the second part. When will we see Profar with a major league club? There are a couple of ideas the Rangers could have in mind.
They might just have Profar down until after the “Super Two” deadline in June which pushes his arbitration clock back a year, giving the Rangers another guaranteed year of control over young Profar.
Another of the main options is to have Profar wait basically a full season in Triple-A until he comes up once major league rosters expand to 40 in September.
Finally there is the option to just have Profar play the entire year in the minors and we wont see him in the majors at all in 2013.
Whichever option the Rangers choose, sending Profar down is good for both him and the franchise. And whether we see him this season or not, he is going to be a major league star for a long time once he gets his chance.