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Rangers phenom Jurickson Profar gets first start at third

Jul 13, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

Jurickson Profar AP

Jurickson Profar, who showed off his power with a home run in Sunday’s Futures Game, is sliding from shortstop to third base for the first time as a pro for Double-A Frisco tonight.

It’s a bit curious; not only do the Rangers already have a top-flight third baseman in Adrian Beltre, but they also have an excellent third-base prospect in Mike Olt playing side-by-side with Profar at Frisco.

However, Olt is currently sidelined with a bruised left hand, according to Frisco announcer Alex Vispoli, opening up third for Profar.

It’s not completely new for Profar to be taken off shortstop; he’s also played 12 games at second base this year. The Rangers still aren’t sure how things are going to play out for the long haul, given that they have All-Stars at second base, third base and shortstop. Profar certainly has the glove to stay at short, though he may never be quite as smooth as Elvis Andrus there.

Fortunately, the Rangers aren’t going to be rushed into any decisions. As talented as Profar is — most regard him as the top position prospect in the minors — he’s still not likely to be ready before the second half of 2013 and possibly not until 2014. The Rangers could have a tough call to make then, though. They currently have Andrus under control through 2014, Beltre through 2015 and Ian Kinsler through 2017.

  1. wetmorepsu12 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    could he be trade bait or is he untouchable?

    • Mike Luna - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      The Rangers would never come out and say that he’s untouchable, but…yeah, he’s basically untouchable.

  2. js20011041 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    If its just an occasional start there to increase his positional flexibility, it’s not a problem. If they’re actually thinking about moving him, it’s a big problem. A massive part of his value is tied not just to sticking at shortstop, but in being a top flight defender at a premium position. As I understand it, Profar doesn’t have any outstanding tools, but is above average across the board and shows incredible polish for his age. I would be willing to bet that the Rangers see him as untouchable.

  3. rooney24 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    While Beltre is still playing well, he is at least 33. I have no reason to believe his age isn’t correct, but you can’t be sure when from the Dominican Republic. So, how many more years does he have left?

    Maybe they figure to get Profar some experience at other positions, so they could potentially use him in a utility role in a few years if he progresses and they still have Beltre, Kinsler, and Andrus.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Actually, Beltre lied about his age the other way initially. He said he was 16 when he was really 15 so that he could sign with the Dodgers.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    This yr Beltre is top flight…he is a every other yr top flight guy….and pretty sure its a temporary thing.he isnt your run of the mill 3rd basemen

  5. sportsguygerald - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Profar is as close to untouchable as the Rangers have. It would have to be a very special player for him to be included in a deal

  6. papalurchdxb - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Kinsler’s job has got to be under review after his shocking play in the ASG, couldn’t even nab a routine grounder……

    I’m joking obviously.

    How can the kid be considered untouchable? He’s at AA ball, and whilst performances are impressive to date, he hasn’t actually ‘made it’ yet. So, yes maybe his potential is at the moment mouthwatering, until he’s actually forcing the door open at the Big Club warranting a starting job there is no problem at all for the Rangers here.

    An awful lot can happen in twelve months, to him or to the established order to make all of this ‘worry’ meaningless. The kid is filling in at 3B, he’s not stolen Beltre’s locker.

  7. greymares - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Olt is going to Philly.

  8. sportsguygerald - Jul 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Olt is going to Philly.

    Only in the Philly fan’s dreams

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