Jurickson Profar is all the rage in baseball circles right now. He's the top prospect in baseball by just about every baseball publication and he just so happens to be in the Texas Rangers system, where everyone around these parts has their opinion on what the Rangers should do with the 20-year-old shortstop.
Rangers general manager said last month that Profar would start the season in Triple-A Round Rock, which drew jeers from many a Rangers fan due solely to the excitement building around this "can't miss prospect."
But what good is it going to do Profar to sit on the Rangers bench and get two starts a week? None at all. That's why it's a good decision to start Profar's season in the minors and see where he goes from there with everyday at-bats in Round Rock. That became basically official when it was announced young middle infielder Leury Garcia would open the season on the Rangers' roster as a bench part/utility infielder.
Profar didn't have a shockingly good spring like many folks might have hoped. He hit .244 and showed plenty of areas where he still has some room for growth, in the field, on the bases and at the plate. People just need to remember, he just turned 20 less than a month ago and he really, truly is as close as you can come to being a "can't miss" guy. So have some patience, Rangers fans. The Rangers certainly are.