Stats & Info: Jurickson Profar

Fielder trade: Follow the money

November, 21, 2013

USA TODAY SportsThe Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler trade should open up playing time for young players Jurickson Profar and Nick Castellanos.
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers agreed to a blockbuster trade Tuesday that might be as much about future salary as it is about current talent.

The Tigers will send Prince Fielder, who is due to make $168 million over the next seven seasons, to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler. The second baseman is due to make another $62 million through 2018, a year in which he has a $10 million club option or $5 million buyout.

Fielder is the fourth player in MLB history to be dealt with more than $100 million remaining on his contract. He joins Alex Rodriguez, who was dealt from the Rangers to the Yankees, as well as Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, who were part of the same deal between the Red Sox and the Dodgers.

Big-time production
Fielder has had one of the best starts to his career by a left-handed power hitter. His 285 career home runs are the fifth-most in MLB history before the age of 30 by a lefty, behind just Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Adam Dunn.

During his two years in Detroit, Fielder was one of four players to hit 50 home runs, drive in 200 runs and hit .290 along with now former teammate Miguel Cabrera, free agent Robinson Cano and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Kinsler, who entered the league in 2006, has been one of the best second baseman in the game. His 34.9 WAR is the fourth-best among second basemen in that span behind just Chase Utley, Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia.

One thing to watch for this upcoming season is how Kinsler adapts to playing in Detroit, as he was much more productive at the Ballpark in Arlington in his career than on the road, hitting 62 points higher.

Postseason pasts
One area where the two players have had different degrees of success is in the postseason.

Since joining the Tigers, Prince Fielder hit .196 in 92 postseason at-bats with just one home run. And in his past 18 postseason games, Fielder hasn’t driven in a single run.

Kinsler, meanwhile, has hit .311 in his postseason career.

Roster impact
For the Rangers, the roster change is fairly apparent, as they had three quality middle infielders for two spots last season, including Elvis Andrus whose eight-year, $120 million extension starts in 2015. Moving Kinsler allows Jurickson Profar to man second base, while Fielder provides a big upgrade over Mitch Moreland at first base. Profar was Keith Law’s No. 1 prospect heading into last season.

For Detroit, moving Fielder allows Miguel Cabrera to take over at first base -- where he won’t be as big of a liability on defense. It also opens the door at third for the Tigers’ top prospect, Nick Castellanos, who started his career as a third baseman but was moved to the outfield in 2012. Castellanos was a first-round pick in 2010 and was the 2012 Futures Game MVP.

Profar: 1st game, 1st at-bat, 3rd teenager

September, 2, 2012
From Little League World Series champion to top prospect and now a budding Major League star.

Jurickson Profar is the second-youngest player and third teenager in Major League Baseball history to hit a home run in his first career at-bat. Only 18-year-old Whitey Lockman was younger when he homered in his first at-bat in 1945, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

At 19 years, 195 days old, Profar is the first teenager and youngest player in American League history to accomplish this feat.

But there’s more:

• Profar is the youngest Rangers player ever to hit a homer, breaking Ivan Rodriguez's mark on Aug. 30, 1991 (Rodriguez was 19 years, 276 days old). He’s the third player in Rangers franchise history to homer in his first career at-bat (the first since Brant Alyea in 1965) and the first since the franchise moved to Texas.

• Profar is the youngest player to hit a home run in any game since his current Rangers teammate Adrian Beltre (19 years, 171 days) did so on Sept. 25, 1998 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

• Profar is the third player this year to homer in his first major-league at-bat. Eddy Rodriguez of the San Diego Padres did so on August 2, a week after Starling Marte homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates (July 26).

• Profar is the first Texas Ranger to homer in his first at-bat, but he’s the third player in franchise history to do so (Brant Alyea, on September 12, 1965, and John Kennedy, on September 5, 1962, both as Washington Senators).

• The last Ranger to homer in his first career game was Ruben Mateo on June 12, 1999.

• Profar is the youngest player to hit a home run and a double in a game since Andruw Jones (19 years, 126 days) on Aug. 27, 1996 for the Atlanta Braves. Profar and Jones were both born in Willemstad, Curaçao.

• He's the youngest AL player to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. (19 years, 181 days) on May 21, 1989 for the Seattle Mariners.

• Profar is the second teenager in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) with a homer and a double in his first career game. Only Lockman was younger in 1945.

• Profar, Ted Kazanski (19 years, 151 days old in 1953) and Johnny Callison (19 years, 181 days old in 1958) are the only teenagers with at least two extra-base hits in their MLB debut since 1900, according to Elias.

• Profar, currently the youngest active MLB player, debuted at 19 years, 195 days old, the exact same age Bryce Harper debuted at earlier this season on April 28.

• In Profar's first at-bat, he had already seen two pitches down-and-in before he crushed a 2-1 90 MPH fastball down-and-in 391 feet for a homer. In his second at-bat, he doubled on a 1-1 88 MPH curveball up in the zone, nearly in the same spot he saw a fastball on the previous pitch. (see pitch location chart below)