Jurickson Profar to stay in infield
Manager Ron Washington said Monday that he has "no intentions" of playing Profar, the No. 1-ranked prospect in ESPN's top 100, in the outfield. That statement came just days after Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Profar could end up playing a bit in the outfield this spring to make him more versatile, improving his chances of making the big league club to start the season.
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"He's going to come in and work on the infield," Washington said. "I have no intentions on him playing the outfield."
Washington acknowledged that anything was possible with Profar, but the manager made it clear he prefers that Profar worry about middle infield.
"I hope we can just keep this young kid focused on where he can best go," Washington said.
Daniels, who arrived in Surprise on Monday afternoon, said he agrees that Profar is a middle infielder.
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"I was simply saying that we're open to anything, and versatility is a plus," Daniels said.
Washington has heaped praise on Profar, who turns 20 next week, believing he has a bright future.
"He's a kid that's not afraid of the game of baseball," Washington said. "He will get a lot of opportunity to perform in many spots and he expects himself to do well and I certainly expect him to do well."
Daniels has said that the club wants to take the best 25 players into the season and if having Profar on the bench (but getting some starts here and there) is best for the team, the Rangers will consider doing that, even if it means Profar not getting at-bats every day.
Profar was called up from Double-A Frisco in September and hit a home run in his first at-bat, becoming just the third teenager in big league history to do that. He ended up with three hits in 17 at-bats in limited action in his call-up.