Monday, March 25, 2013
Profar to the minors?
By Doug Mittler
The Texas Rangers are “leaning heavily” on keeping Leury Garcia as their utility infielder so that Jurickson Profar can play every day at Triple-A Round Rock, reports MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.
The future of the highly-rated Profar has been an ongoing story line throughout camp. With Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Ian Kinsler at second base, the Rangers don't want the 20-year-old Profar getting only occasional at-bats at the major league level.
With less than a week to go, it is time for the Rangers to make a decision, and our Jim Bowden says GM Jon Daniels would be making the right call by sending Profar down:
Jim BowdenProfar needs to play everyday
"Rangers president and general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington agree they won’t keep Profar as a traditional bench player. However, Washington thinks if he can find semi-regular at-bats for Profar, perhaps 300 or so, they will give that plan serious consideration. In my mind, that would be a mistake. For Profar to fill in at second base, shortstop and DH is really wasting critical development time and could actually impede his progress. It's also not healthy for the team if Kinsler and Andrus, its two best players, want to be out there every day but are asked to sit down once a week. It’s senseless, especially to start the season."