Friday, August 31, 2012
Jurickson Profar headlines Rangers call-ups
By Richard Durrett
Jurickson Profar, the No. 1 prospect in the big leagues according to ESPN.com’s Keith Law when he updated his rankings in mid-July, is joining the Rangers on Saturday. It’s the first day that rosters expand for September, allowing the Rangers an opportunity to give Profar a taste of the big leagues. The 19-year-old gives the Rangers an additional infielder off the bench.
Profar spent the entire season at Double-A Frisco , hitting .281 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs. He scored 76 runs in 126 games and played mainly shortstop, though he did appear in 25 games at second base, five as the designated hitter and one at third base.
The Rangers will also add to the roster Saturday: OF Leonys Martin, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Tanner Scheppers, INF/OF Brandon Snyder and RHP Yoshinori Tateyama.
Martin and Snyder give manager Ron Washington some help off the bench and the ability to rest some of his regulars when he gets an opportunity. Perez can help the bullpen, but could also spot start if necessary. Scheppers and Tateyama add depth to the relief corps.
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