Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Keith Law: Use Jurickson Profar judiciously
ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law joins Bryan Dolgin to discuss the present and future impact of Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt, Leonys Martin's development and much more.
On Profar's call-up:
My hope is that if he plays about half time, and give or take a few games, getting plenty of reps at short ... you could try him at second base it's just I always get a little worried about guys transitioning to second base because it's an injury-prone position ... so I wouldn't want to put Profar in harms way too much. But I would look at him as obviously a late-game option off the bench ... pinch hitter even pinch runner potentially, but a way to give Elvis (Andrus) some time off. That's a demanding position and you know Elvis is going to be the starter in October.
Use Profar judiciously to try to get Elvis some of that time off so that he's potentially fresher heading into the postseason. To me that's the best possible use of him and still allows him to get the reps that he needs to continue his development as a hitter.