Friday, May 31, 2013
Stock Report: Grimm, Profar continue to climb
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means our weekly stock report. Let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down with the Rangers:
Justin Grimm: The rookie right-hander has won three consecutive starts at a time when the Rangers have No. 3 starter Alexi Ogando on the disabled list and when it is uncertain when Colby Lewis will be able to begin rehabbing again. Grimm leads all American League rookie starters with five wins. He has been great at Rangers Ballpark where he is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA for the season.
Jurickson Profar: Profar has a six-game hitting streak with 10 hits in his last 25 at-bats. The 20-year old has settled in nicely with multiple hit games in three of the four starts. He's also played well defensively as he proves he belong at the big league level.
Adrian Beltre: He has a seven-game hitting streak while take his turn at carrying the middle of the Rangers' lineup. Beltre has 11 hits in last 30 at-bats with four doubles. The good news for the Rangers is his power numbers should pick up if he continues to swing the bat this well.
Ian Kinsler: Kinsler, the catalyst at the top of the Rangers' lineup, is probably out until July 1 because of a stress reaction in his rib cage. Jurickson Profar is playing well in Kinsler's absence, but don't kid yourself if you don't think Kinsler's bat is missed. The Rangers are 6-5 without Kinsler as they've lost the presence of his combination of power and speed in the leadoff spot.
Michael Kirkman: He's just not getting it done, allowing two more runs Thursday as Arizona was able to close to within 9-5 in the eight inning. It was the fifth time this season Kirkman has allowed multiple runs in a game. Kirkman is out of options, and he's still a talented lefty in the bullpen, so the Rangers need to find a way to get him right.
AL West lead: Oakland finally lost to rival San Francisco on Thursday as the Rangers were able to build their division lead back to three games. It ended a stretch where the Rangers had lost ground in the AL West standings for four straight days, the first time that's happened since May 2010.