Will Jurickson Profar get call up?
|Frisco RoughRiders skipper Steve Buechele talks about how it feels to tell his players they're getting called up, Mike Olt's development, Jurickson Profar projections and more. |
Buechele was a guest on Rangers Magazine this past Sunday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. He discussed sharing the call-up news with Grimm and Olt, puts Olt’s promotion into perspective, his experience coaching in the Futures Game and much more.
Profar, the 19-year-old switch-hitting native of Curacao, is the top prospect in minor league baseball. Through Sunday, he's batting .281 with a .357 on-base percentage and .464 slugging percentage. He's tallied seven triples, 13 homer runs, 23 doubles, 56 RBI and 66 runs scored. He has walked 51 times while striking out just 68 times in 416 at-bats. Profar has 82 games under his belt at shortstop, but has also played second base in 21 games.
“If they view (Profar) as a possible piece that can help them in the playoffs in whatever role as a utility player, someone who can pinch hit, get down a bunt, that can play multiple positions, it’s going to be up to them, but I think there’s a chance,” Buechele said. “In the season that’s he’s had so far, I think a September call up, at least ... He’s worthy of that.”
Lately, Buechele has alternated Profar and Leury Garcia at shortstop and second base. He will continue to do so. Buechele also discussed what Profar has handled well and the areas where he can show improvement.
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