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Rangers send top prospect Jurickson Profar to Triple-A

Mar 26, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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At various points this offseason there was speculation about how the Rangers could clear room in the lineup for stud middle infield prospect Jurickson Profar, but no trades were ever made and today they assigned him to Triple-A.

Profar is only 20 years old and jumped from Double-A to the majors for his MLB debut in September, so a little time at Triple-A will probably do him some good even if almost everyone seems to think he’s just about ready to thrive in the big leagues.

Profar hit .281 with 14 homers, 16 steals, and an .820 OPS at Double-A last season, which is incredible for a 19-year-old shortstop and got him ranked by both Baseball America and as MLB’s top overall prospect.

  1. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    They will wait a month and evaluate the Cardinals prospects. No real need to rush things to have him for one less year of control.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Who would the cardinals trade him for? A Tavares for Profar swap won’t happen, and no one else is that valuable. The Rangers could easily resign Andrus, move one of the two to 2nd and move Kinsler to CF.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        Exactly. Taveras isn’t going anywhere, starting next year, they’ll have a huge hole in RF to fill without him around….and neither is Profar…SS with his skill set are too rare to trade. As good as Andrus is, his limited control and the near 100% certainty that he’ll test the FA market limit his trade value (IMO).

        Yes, there appears to be a “natural match”, but neither team is interested in trading their prized prospects because…get this…they aren’t just trying to win this year, they are trying to build a team capable of winning every year….and within that context a trade really doesn’t make nearly as much sense as people that think the world will end after the 2013 season seem to think.

  2. plmathfoto - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Enough already about him not making the roster, dude is young, didn’t play at triple A, was lousy in his brief call up last year, and struck out 11 times in 45 abs in spring this year (11 hits too), which doesn’t make a team. He should be sent down, clock ticking or not.

  3. randygnyc - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    He should be Jeter’s eventual replacement. Don’t know who they’d trade for him though.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Reasons why the Yanks can’t and won’t trade for him:

      1 – Top prospect in baseball AND
      2 – 20 years old AND
      3 – Plays the most premium defensive position in baseball AND
      4 – Plays it extremely well

      The Yanks could get 3/4 by waiting until after 2014 and signing Andrus to a contract who’ll be 26 in 2015.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        Agreed, Andrus makes a lot of sense in two years.

  4. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I was meaning an Andrus trade. We are always surprised what sure think type guys like Andrus get prospect wise. Yes I do think that the Cardinals will give up pitching not named Miller in return for Andrus. I don’t expect a top prospect like Profar to be traded. People go crazy when prospects like Myers are used. So a #1 prospect is probably out of the question.

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Again, the problem here is that Profar isn’t ready and the Rangers would like to compete in 2013 as well as in the years to come. Trading Andrus now would reduce likely their chances of making the playoffs….and when Andrus only has 1 year of control left, he won’t be worth near as much in prospects…mostly because there is pretty much a 100% chance he’ll hit FA and be highly sought after due to skill, age, position, and the complete lack of SS talent in the majors right now.

      • gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Unless someone on the present roster really surprises at SS. I would not be surprised if before the season ends the cards will get one of the Texas shortstops and they will do it without giving up Miller.

      • paperlions - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        I really doubt it. Profar is not going anywhere….and Andrus has too much value to the Texans this year. Besides, there are some within the industry that don’t believe in Andrus’ bat nearly as much as others. His bat has not improved one iota since 2009, it still could…but the fact that his offensive production has been flat for so long at those ages indicates that it isn’t likely to do so….and if you actually look at his offensive numbers in context (the fact that he plays 1/2 his games in a launching pad, you realize he has zero power and only average on-base skills (mostly due to his speed, not hitting, per se). He has yet to post a single season in which he was an average offensive player, though, he hasn’t been bad with the bat, his primary value has been defensive. In short, I don’t think the Cardinals FO sees him as a huge offensive upgrade once you move him from Arlington to Bush….and they are probably right….so there isn’t much reason to give up a lot to get him, especially when you KNOW he is going to be a FA after 2014 and that someone will offer a lot more than you will.

  5. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Kinsler already said he doesn’t want to move and being the 2nd best 2B, I don’t blame him one bit. Andrus is getting more expensive so I would think moving him for cheap prospects to hold down that rotation would be ideal.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      ~$11M/2 years is expensive?

    • krispc - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      Kinsler was one of worst lead off hitters in the history of MLB on the road last year (see evan grant for details), last year Kinsler was the worst fielding 2nd baseman in the AL that played every day (based upon fielding percentage). Kinsler should not be hitting leadoff an upper cut swing is awful for a lead off man (shame on Ron Washington).
      Kinsler needs to seriously improve. Since he got his long term contract he has been awful.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      If you are saying Kinsler is the #2 second baseman in Baseball I am saying I can name three who are better.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Jurickson Profar
    won’t have to go far
    Round Rock is just
    3 hours up the road

  7. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    As opposed to 580K, I would say yes he is more expensive.

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