Elvis Andrus is one of the game's best shortstops, but on Tuesday night in the All-Star Game, he dabbled some into third base.
Texas Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and has come up as a shortstop. But there's one problem with that, the Rangers are locked up at shortstop for the foreseeable future as Elvis Andrus is still years from hitting his athletic prime but is already one of the top shortstops in the game.
That means Profar has been playing all kinds of positions for Double-A Frisco — some second base, some third base, he's even been talked about as an outfielder.
But on Tuesday night, the tables were turned a bit, even if it was just an exhibition.
Andrus played an inning at third base in the All-Star Game — the first time he's played at the hot corner, well, ever.
"It was fun," Andrus said after the American League squad was blown out by the National League, losing 8-0. "I'm going to make a lot of fun of Adrian [Beltre] when I see him. I'll teach him how to take ground balls."
Don't expect Andrus to playing third base any time soon, but it is something that could happen further down the road, like much further. Alex Rodriguez went from being one of the game's best shortstops to playing third base. Michael Young made the same move. So it could happen, but the Rangers hope to see Profar in Arlington by 2013, or 2014 at very latest, and Andrus won't be budging from shortstop yet at that point.