Plans for Jurickson Profar TBA
It's a call that the Rangers will make once they know more about filling some of their needs via free agency.
"We may go that way, but we haven't set that in stone," general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday. "It's still up in the air. It's a possibility. It's something we've talked a decent amount about. Some of that depends on other things we have going on. We do feel he's capable of doing that."
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Profar was called up in September and had a memorable debut in Cleveland, hitting a home run in his first at-bat and adding a double. He was the third teenager (since 1876) to hit a home run in his first career major league at-bat and the youngest in the American League to do it.
In his second start, Profar hit a go-ahead RBI double to help the Rangers beat Tampa Bay. After that, he cooled off at the plate and ended up 3-for-17 with two RBIs.
If the club decides to play Profar regularly, the question is how to create room for him. Texas could look at trading shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has two years remaining on his contract before he becomes a free agent, if the right deal presents itself.
The Rangers also could keep the current infield and move second baseman Ian Kinsler to the outfield. Kinsler said this offseason that he'll do what's asked if it means helping the team.
Profar, who turns 20 during spring training, hit .281 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 126 games for Double-A Frisco in 2012. He had 16 stolen bases and struck out 79 times, with 66 walks.
That came a year after he batted .286 with 12 homers and 65 RBIs in 115 games for Class A Hickory, with 23 stolen bases.