Jurickson Profar has had quite the first two weeks in Major League Baseball. He homered in his first big-league at-bat and then on Saturday drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
He will not get a ton of playing time down the stretch — at least not as a starter — but Ron Washington will surely place him in some key situations late in games for the Texas Rangers in preparation of where he could end up on the playoff roster when that time comes.
Is it a given the Rangers will make the playoffs? Nope. Is it a given Profar will be on the postseason roster? Nope. But just be aware if he doesn't make it the Rangers will have a full-on mutiny on their hands from the Profar-crazy Rangers fans.
Profar isn't going to start any meaningful games, especially in the postseason, but his skill set makes him a valuable piece on a postseason bench. A switch-hitter who's proven he has some pop, he is a great guy to have as a pinch-hitter late in ballgames. He also has speed, can get you an infield single and can steal some bases.
Most importantly, Profar can play second base and shortstop, making him the most highly touted utility middle infielder in baseball history. He'll play a key role on the Rangers' postseason roster. Now, they just have to get there.