Top prospects make 2013 debuts in minors 

April, 5, 2013
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While the big leaguers were mainly finishing up the first series of their new season Thursday, the minor leaguers started things up at the same time, and there are quite a few players whose progress fantasy owners should be following. While I continue to believe Texas Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar is so good that he will see enough time with the big club to make a serious impact, on Thursday he made his Triple-A debut for the Round Rock Express.

Profar made his mark, reaching base three times, stealing a base and dazzling defensively at shortstop. He's only 20 years old but seemingly ready for the Rangers right now should opportunity open up, and let's be clear, is not a must-own in ESPN standard, 10-team mixed formats. There are enough middle infielders to count on in a shallow league. In deeper formats, especially if you have deeper benches, I'd add him now. Each game that Mitch Moreland (0-for-11 so far) doesn't get a hit could make a promotion reality!

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