How can Jurickson Profar go back to minors?
June, 3, 2013
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
Jurickson Profar's name has been a hot topic since the youngster came up to take the place of Ian Kinsler and has played well. He had a huge solo home run in the eighth inning Sunday, giving the Rangers the lead in a tie game. He's been a huge spark for this club. Isn't it tough to imagine he's got to go back to the minors when Kinsler comes back? He's convinced me that he should stay, even in a utility role.
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The more immediate question is what the Rangers will do with Profar once Kinsler returns from the disabled list. Profar isn't making the decision easy right now, is he? He certainly looks like a guy ready to stay in the big leagues for good. Is there any way he could end up getting an extended stay in Arlington?
Before the season, I was in favor of the Rangers sending Profar down so he could get every day at-bats. After all, he hadn't even played in Triple-A until this year. But after a slow start, he figured out Triple-A pitching and has come up and been a terrific addition for this Rangers team. How can this club send him back to the minors after what he's done?
Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty ImagesJurickson Profar's solo home run in the eighth put the Rangers ahead.
The biggest argument for shipping Profar back is playing time. If he stays as a utility infielder -- and it's not as if Leury Garcia hasn't done well in that role, by the way -- how often does he play? It certainly couldn't be every day. He plays the middle infield positions and not the outfield, so manager Ron Washington would be limited in how he could use him. But he could use the opportunity to sit Elvis Andrus and Kinsler to get them breaks and play Profar. He could put Lance Berkman at first base at times, slide others over for a half-day off their feet as the DH and insert Profar. It would mean Washington sitting Adrian Beltre here and there, something he understandably would be reluctant to do.
I say leave him here and do everything you can to get him at-bats as often as possible without altering the regular lineup. But there are other options. Let's take a look at a few (some more realistic than others):
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And no, I don't think the Rangers should trade Profar to take care of this logjam. Again, it would have to be a special deal and I'm not sure I see that deal out there on July 31. This guy is special. He could be in the infield with Texas for the next decade or more. It's a challenge to find a way to get all three in this lineup. But instead of simply waiting until 2014 to do it, Profar is forcing the Rangers to try to find a way to do it now.
It's tough to imagine Profar back in the minors right now, isn't it? Why not leave him in the big leagues, even in a utility role, and have him continue to learn from those around him and provide a spark to this lineup? The Rangers still have a little bit of time to decide. But Profar is making a strong case to stay.