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Ian Kinsler is out with a stiff back, so Jurickson Profar will make his major league debut

Sep 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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One of the best position prospects in baseball will begin his major league career on Sunday afternoon.

Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that second baseman Ian Kinsler has been scratched from the Rangers’ series finale against the Indians because of stiffness in his back and that 19-year-old Jurickson Profar has been asked to fill in.

Profar was called up from Double-A Frisco on Saturday after batting .281/.368/.452 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 126 games. He is being groomed as a shortstop but will play more of a utility role down the stretch this season for Texas.

The Rangers enter play Sunday with a three-game lead over the A’s in the American League West.

Profar ranked seventh this past winter on Baseball America‘s list of the Top 100 prospects.

  1. romoscollarbone - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This kid played in the LLWS for Curaçao, right? His name sounds familiar beyond reading it on sites n blogs.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      From the looks of him he played in the LLWS last year! Good god has he even had to shave yet?

  2. allsportsnyfan - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Just reading this column, and just was watching the MLB Network, and the kid homers in his first at-bat. Good for him.

    • papalurchdxb - Sep 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      the kids are making the grown-ups look foolish again! Good job it’s a day game, his mum might not let him stay out that late for a night-game.

      another high-hopes career is up and running folks, the best thing in sports is how the excitement is continually replenished with these talented guys coming through.

  3. sportsguygerald - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Profar played 2 years in the LLWS, 2004 when they won and 2005 when they lost the championship game

  4. davester37 - Sep 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    First major league at bat: home run. Second major league at bat: double.. Goodbye, minor leagues … for good!

  5. keithbangedyermom - Sep 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    All the talk is Texas will entertain offers for Andrus. Why not get a better return and trade Kinsler? Put Profar at 2nd. The up-the-middle defense will be much better too.

    • beefytrout - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      As a Rangers fan, I’d much rather hang on to Andrus than Kinsler.

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