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The Rangers plan to make Jurickson Profar a “functional left fielder”

Jun 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Jurickson Profar AP

As we noted over the weekend, when second baseman Ian Kinsler was activated from the disabled list, the Rangers decided to keep Jurickson Profar in the majors rather than send him back down to Triple-A Round Rock. The plan is to use him in a super-utility role moving forward, which will likely include some exposure to the outfield for the first time in his professional career. The transition is already underway.

Profar doesn’t figure to stick there in the long-term, but it’s a worthwhile experiment for the scuffling Rangers. The 20-year-old has never played the outfield — not even in Little League — but he’s certainly athletic enough to handle the position. If he gets comfortable, he could provide a nice upgrade over David Murphy, who just hasn’t been able to get it going this season.

Profar is batting .277/.330/.386 with two home runs and seven RBI in 22 games since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock last month.

  1. Sideline Mob - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Because when you have a potential All-Star, your ultimate goal should be to make him “functional”.

    • albertmn - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      No one said functional LF was the “ultimate” goal. But, he has hit well and they want to get his bat in the lineup, but now have healthy starters at his preferred positions. The options are sit him, send him down, or get his bat in the lineup by playing him out of position on defense. There are already a lot of players who are little more than functional on defense, so if they can get a guy to functional in a week or two, it would be worth it. And, with more time out there, he would likely get better than functional.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      No, but when you have a potential all-star you do everything you can to get him on the field as close to full-time as you can. It’s not the perfect solution but it gets him in games.

  2. rbj1 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Unlike the Marlins, who want to turn their guy into a nonfunctional left fielder.

  3. dondada10 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    With Kinsler back it’s either this or AAA.

    Pretty much tells me they aren’t planning on trading him, ever.

  4. wpjohnson - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    The Rangers need to find a place for Profar. He is a special talent. With Profar and Andrus, the Rangers have two of the very best young shortstops in baseball.

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      Looks like they just did.

  5. jerze2387 - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    helps my fantasy team at least. Extra eligibility lol

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Nobody cares about your fantasy team.

  6. mc1439 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    LOLing @ the Rangers cuz they think they’re smart.

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