Once upon a time in a farm system long, long ago, the Rangers possessed one of the brightest infielder prospects in all of baseball.
Even though we haven’t seen him on the field in two years, General Manager Jon Daniels claims he isn’t interested in trading Jurickson Profar.
“We are not looking to trade him,” Daniels told the New York Post at baseball’s GM meetings in Florida. “We held onto him this long. We are pretty optimistic his shoulder is fit. The mindset is to wait and see where he is. We believe he will get back to his value, which was one of the best young players out there.”
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With the rise of Rougned Odor it’s been easy to forget out-of-sight-out-of-mind Profar, but not that long ago he was the Rangers’ 2nd baseman – and perhaps shortstop – of the future. He was a slick fielder with dizzying range. And in 2012 he homered in both the All-Star Futures Game and his first at-bat as a Ranger.
The sky was the limit. But the shoulder was a problem.
A throwing shoulder he injured in winter ball was still sore when he showed up for Spring Training in 2014. So intense was the pain – courtesy of a torn muscle – that Profar couldn’t make a throw from 2nd to 1st base, the Rangers tried rest, pondered surgery but ultimately decided to sit him for the entire season. But the lay-off didn’t mend the shoulder, and more pain in Surprise, Arizona last February forced him to have season-ending surgery.
That means we haven’t seen Profar on the field since late in the 2013 season. But it isn’t stopping teams from having interest. Thankfully, for now anyway, the Rangers haven’t given up on him.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.