Jurickson Profar was considered to be one of the top prospects in the Texas Rangers organization prior to his rookie season in 2013. The buzz surrounding Profar was certainly high when he made his debut in 2012 and it only grew when he became a full-time member of the active roster in 2013. Unfortunately, the Rangers struggled to find a consistent spot for him to play, which resulted in a lack of consistency at the plate.
The 20-year-old suited up at second base, third base, shortstop, left field and was even a designated hitter at some point this year. Obviously, it was not an ideal situation for the youngster. Not to mention, it directly resulted in poor play on offense. It is not fair to judge him based on his 2013 statistics considering how often he moved around in the field.
The Rangers would like nothing more than to find a position that he can play every day in 2014. Unfortunately, his natural infield positions are taken up by Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus.
“In an ideal situation, he would not be (in the utility role) next year, even though he would be able to handle it better next year,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, according to ESPN.com. “In a perfect world, he won’t be. A lot of that’s going to depend on what we do with the club this winter and we’re a long way from being able to answer that.”
There are several ways for Texas to move players around in an attempt to find Profar a consistent job. However, none of them are ideal, especially when his talent level is not exactly known. It would be one thing if Profar proved to be a natural talent on offense in the big leagues. Unfortunately, his dismal batting average and limited run producing numbers do not excite the organization. That means there is no hurry to move Kinsler or Andrus to a new position when it could actually hurt the team more than anything else.
There is no question Profar has the potential to be a very talented player and a true asset for the Rangers going forward. However, it is impossible to know how good he can be until the team can figure a way to get him involved more.