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Jurickson Profar, 2014 Texas Rangers
The whole argument in support of Jurickson Profar coming off a disappointing rookie season is that he wasn't able to lock down a position and get into an everyday routine, serving as the Texas Rangers' utility man. It's an argument that makes sense, especially for a kid that just turned 21-years-old and is still trying to find his way in the big leagues.
This year, of course, Profar is in line to be the club's everyday second baseman after the Rangers dealt Ian Kinsler to Detroit back in November. So far this spring, Profar hasn't gotten a great head start to the season as he dealt with shoulder tendinitis that has pretty much limited him to DH duty since the beginning of the spring.
Now, according to Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News, Profar is nearing a return to his position in the field as the club feels he is just days, not weeks, away from moving back to second base for Cactus League games. The final test for Profar, Fraley said, will be throwing from deep in the hole and across the body, as well as taking relays from the outfield, but so far, he's been able to make the easier throws from second without any issue.
So far this spring, while serving exclusively as a DH, Profar is hitting .310 in 29 at-bats, and sure, it's just Cactus League play, but that's an encouraging sign for a kid that struggled mightily at the plate in 2013.