Saturday, January 25, 2014
Adrian Beltre expects Profar to improve
By Richard Durrett
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will be in the same infield with Jurickson Profar this season on a more regular basis.
Unlike last year, when Profar moved around to a variety of positions as manager Ron Washington tried to find ways to get him in the lineup, Profar and the rest of the team know he will be the starting second baseman when the season begins.
That's going to be a change for Beltre too, who was a friend of Ian Kinsler and enjoyed having him as a teammate. Beltre, one of the team leaders, watched Profar last season and believes just being in the big leagues for a while will help him in 2014.
"Well, I’m expecting for him to have a little more experience," Beltre said. "Last year, first year, was a little tough, the pressure of being in the big leagues so young. Hopefully he learned from what happened last year and he’s more comfortable. And just to find out exactly what he needs to do to be a more complete player, especially a new position for him because he’s normally a shortstop. Hopefully he can adapt to that position quick."
You can bet that Beltre will do what he can to help Profar. The youngster, who was ranked as ESPN.com's top prospect this time last year, ended up hitting .234 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 85 games. The Rangers believe that by putting Profar at an everyday position he'll perform better this season.