Steve Buechele, former Rangers third baseman and current manager at Double-A Frisco, has had the honor this season of informing two players about their promotion to the major leagues. In addition to RHP Justin Grimm and 3B/1B Mike Olt, many wonder when, not if, SS/2B Jurickson Profar will get the call to join the big club.
“It’s rare for a Double-A manager to tell one that they are going to the big leagues, let alone two. Maybe down the road there may be another. I don’t know,” Buechele said.
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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