Strong Play of Jurickson Profar Will Have Texas Rangers Soon Facing Difficult Decision

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The Texas Rangers will soon have a decision to make. Ever since Jurickson Profar, whom many consider to be the top young prospect in all of baseball, was called up to fill in at second base for an injured Ian Kinsler, he has proven too good to keep off the field. He’s playing so well, in fact, that the ball club will soon be forced to make an incredibly difficult deicsion; should the Rangers trade Profar while his stock his high or is he proving to be too valuable to let go?

Since being called up, the twenty-year-old phenom has added a much needed bat to the Rangers’ lineup. In his 30 at-bats with the Rangers, he is batting .333, the second highest on the team and showing great discipline behind the plate as well as in the field.

Sure, it’s early in his young career, but Profar is definitely proving himself to be a super-star in the making.

So what happens when Kinsler, one of the team’s best players and an undisputed team leader, returns to the lineup?

Obviously, both players need to be on the field, and the most likely resolution for the time being will be moving Kinsler to the outfield and leaving Profar at second.

But what about the bigger picture?

It’s no secret that the Rangers are still in need of another strong arm , so should the team use Profar in a trade to bring in an another elite pitcher? After all, many believe that is the one thing that could keep this team from returning to the World Series this season and right now Profar’s stock is through the roof. Should they strike while the iron is hot?

On the other hand, how can you let a young, elite talent like Profar go? If he continues on this path, he could be one of the top players in baseball for the next decade or more. Many fans feel he is proving himself too valuable to trade.

Profar’s play so far has created an interesting dilemma for the Rangers, but fortunately for them, it’s a good problem to have.

 

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