Once upon a time -- and granted, that time was several years ago -- Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar was arguably the top prospect in all of major league baseball, a switch-hitter with intriguing power and speed, and enough ability and plate discipline to reach his expected stardom. Then he hurt his right shoulder and for many fantasy owners, especially the angry ones in dynasty formats, the story ends there. Well, I saw Profar hit and run in the Arizona Fall League the first week of November, and while we still don’t know for sure if he can throw and how he fits into a packed Texas lineup, at least he can still hit.
Profar homered in his first AFL game, added a three-run blast Tuesday afternoon and in between earned positive, lengthy at-bats that ended with several walks and smacked line drives to all fields. He achieved this for the Surprise Saguaros and batted third in the lineup for Saturday’s nationally televised Fall Stars game, in which he singled twice, drew a pair of walks, stole two bases and scored a run in an 8-3 West victory.