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Jurickson Profar homers in his first major league at-bat and doubles in his second

Sep 2, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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Sometimes it feels like this stuff has to be scripted.

Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar crushed a pitch into the right field stands in his first major league plate appearance Sunday at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, becoming the youngest player to homer in a major league game since Adrian Beltre in 1998. already has the video highlight.

Profar, a 19-year-old shortstop, was promoted to the Rangers’ active roster on Saturday and is getting his first taste of action Sunday at second base with Ian Kinsler fighting a sore back.

The Curacao native was batting .281/.368/.452 with 14 homers and 62 RBI in 126 games at Double-A Frisco before his call-up. He should get a couple of starts per week down the stretch for first-place Texas.


UPDATE, 2:35 PM: Profar hit a double to left field in his second at-bat and popped out in his third.

UPDATE, 3:23 PM: Profar flied out to center field in his fourth trip to the plate. He finished 2-for-4.

  1. theboysofdallas - Sep 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    He is a top prospect

  2. florida76 - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Promising start, but time will tell if he has what it takes to be a great one. Talent alone isn’t enough.

    Of greater importance will be if the Rangers can snap a streak lasting four decades. They’re one of eight, count ’em eight clubs in MLB who have never won it all.

  3. steelersfan1983 - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM


  4. Old Gator - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Some grin, eh? I’m surprised that his face held together.

  5. bigleagues - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Superlatives seem so cliche.

    Now, Ben Cherington . . . how about a look-see at Xander Bogaerts to keep me interested through the end of September?

  6. Ben - Sep 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    The kids are alright. And by that I mean, when was the last time there were this many insanely talented insanely young players in the majors? Profar, Trout, Harper, Machado lead up the really young kids, and then there’s just a pile of really good players who aren’t even 24. Matt Moore, Brett Lawrie. And then Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Heyward, even Madison Bumgarner, a guy who seems like he’s been around forever, is only 23 and they’re all established stars. It’s a really fun time to be a baseball fan.

    • Old Gator - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Indeed it is. Assuming you don’t root for the Astros, the Beanbags, the Indians or the Feesh.

      • Ben - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Or Twins. Christ.

      • cur68 - Sep 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        Beavers. Jeez.

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