Jurickson Profar played second base for the Texas Rangers last night, May 27th. He was called up from AAA Round Rock after Rougned Odor’s seven game suspension began. However, this isn’t Profar’s first shot at the Bigs.
At age 19 on September 2, 2012, Profar made his Major League debut against the Cleveland Indians. That day he went 2-4 with one home run and one RBI. At the time of his debut, Jurickson Profar was the number one ranked prospect on MLB.com’s Prospect Watch. Profar finished out the 2012 season with the Rangers. In nine games, he had seventeen at-bats, three hits, two doubles, one home run, and two RBIs. His batting average and on base percentage were the same at .176 and he slugged .471 with a .647 OPS.
Profar started the 2013 season down in AAA again but after 37 games, he returned to the Rangers. That season was a little better for him. Hitting .234 with an OBP of .308, slugging percentage of .336, and an OPS of .644 in 85 games. However, everyone knew that Jurickson still had some developing to do before he could reach his full potential. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen in the 2014 or 2015 seasons.
In the early spring of 2014, Jurickson Profar underwent surgery to repair a torn theres major in his right shoulder and with multiple setbacks he missed the entire season. This left Rangers fans full of regret with this coming after they traded Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for Prince Fielder. This hole at second base opened the door for Rougned Odor to come in and establish himself as their starting second baseman. After another shoulder surgery, Profar ended up missing the entire 2015 season.
After missing the past two seasons, being age 23, and his contract running up at the end of this season, according to Baseball Reference, this season is a very BIG season for his career. After hitting .284 with a .356 OBP, .426 slugging percentage, and a .782 OPS in AAA, he got the call up. In his first game against the Pirates, Profar went 1-5. It is unknown what Texas plans to do with Profar after Odor’s suspension is over. Hopefully they can find a place for him so we can see this former #1 prospect in action. But in case they move him back down, let’s enjoy him while he’s here. I mean, there has to be something to the hype and, if so, I can’t wait to see it.
*All numbers according to Baseball-Reference.com