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Profar's Stay Should Be Short



    Good things usually come to those who wait, and the Texas Rangers might have to see if that mantra rings true with their top prospect, and the top prospect in baseball, Jurickson Profar.

    Profar has taken the Rangers by storm since being called up a couple of weeks back when Ian Kinsler hit the disabled list, when it seemed he might be in the minors until August, thanks to the wealth of talent in the middle infield of Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, two guys who are locked up for a long time.

    In his 10 games this season, Profar is now batting .324 with two homers, six RBIs and five runs while often hitting eighth or ninth in the lineup. That's pretty salty, and that doesn't even include some stellar plays in the field.

    So the 20-year-old super prospect has locked up his spot on the big-league roster for good, right? Well, not so fast. With Kinsler due to return in about 10-14 days from his strained ribcage, it's pretty hard to think about where Profar could play regularly with Kinsler and Andrus both healthy.

    Kinsler was arguably the Rangers' best player before he hit the DL, and despite Andrus' struggles at the plate so far, he's one of the most established players on the Rangers roster.

    There's still a shot the Rangers could deal Profar for a big return, such as young stars David Price or Giancarlo Stanton, both of whom are on the disabled list right now. One thing's for certain, Profar's value is at an all-time high right now — even moreso now than before he made this 10-game sample size of his talents.

    With those two injuries, it's looking less likely the Rangers will pursue one of them before the July 31 trade deadline, which decreases the likelihood of Profar being dealt.

    Profar has given that look of being a "special player" in his brief time with the big club, and it has to have put some reservations in Jon Daniels' mind about trading him.

    Time will tell, but either way, don't expect to see Profar in Arlington once Kinsler returns. He's not a guy you want playing every fourth or fifth day in a utility role. At 20 years old, he needs to get everyday playing time, and that's won be possible in Arlington.