Jurickson Profar used to be a pitcher (going back to his little league days), but he has transformed into one of the best shortstop prospects seen in some time. This was a tough decision, because the young man could throw a fastball consistently over 92 mph, but that will make him an infielder with just a bullet for an arm. Profar has a great eye for the plate and rarely chases pitches out of range.
He was signed by the Texas Rangers and was even called up for a bit last year; a switch hitter, he can hit with power and average from either side of the plate and could be a superstar one day. With over 115 games at the single A and double AA level Profar had over a .820 OPS both years. He is adept at stealing bases and also drawing walks. He had 131 in two different minor league seasons so far. His fielding stats are excellent as well. He has never posted lower than a .953 fielding percentage despite playing 3 different infield positions. He may well be called up again by the Rangers, but we’ll have to wait and see if they make the playoffs first. If they don’t then expect them t o give Profar another shot.
In an interesting clip I found, you can view Profar pitching above. We’ll never see that in the majors, so just thought it would be intriguing. Profar hit a 388 foot home run in his first major league at bat, and I for one can’t wait to see what he does with his second stint.