Jurickson Profar Newsbeat
Friday, April 22, 2016
How much trade value does Profar have at this point?
Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the winter, the Rangers will pursue a deal with the New York Yankees that would send Andrus there and create a spot for Profar. I don’t see him playing a significant role on the 2016 big league team.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Will Hamilton really contribute much this season? I’m not feeling it.
I hope Ian’s playing well and come May, Josh is healthy and ready to roll. Even before the last few weeks where Josh’s knee acted up again, internally we were all discussing what is the right number of games for Josh and I don’t think anyone felt like it was 150. At 34, going to be 35, he’s had multiple knee surgeries, he’s 240-plus pounds, a big man on a knee that’s had some issues.
Even before the last few weeks, all off-season we’ve been of the mindset that we were going to have to monitor his playing time. What we’ve talked to Josh about is let’s really focus on getting healthy. If you’re healthy and you come back and you’re playing the way you’re capable of playing, I’m very confident we’ll sort it out. I’m very confident that we’ll find spots where Josh can play and contribute to the club and at the same time still protect his body.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Spring training hopes, including info on Joey Gallo.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The primary options would be newcomer Justin Ruggiano along with Ryan Rua, the opening-day left fielder last season, and Patrick Kivlehan, acquired from Seattle in the Leonys Martin trade. Top prospects Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo could play their way into the equation.
So could Profar.
Posted: January 26, 2016 at 09:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Profar was able to play in just 12 Minor League games on medical rehabilitation assignment at the end of the season and another 20 in the Arizona Fall League. He was used exclusively at designated hitter, but Profar said the Fall League work was productive. He was 20-for-75 (.267) with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 20 games.
“Yeah, it was good to play again, to get the feeling, because I played against good pitchers,” Profar said. “It was great.”
Profar is on the big league roster, but the Rangers don’t see him making the team in Spring Training. They have Elvis Andrus at short, Rougned Odor at second and Hanser Alberto and veteran Pedro Ciriaco as the utility candidates.
The Rangers want Profar to begin the season playing everyday shortstop at Triple-A and regain lost time. He is fine with that after what he has been through.
“I just want to play,” Profar said. “Just want to play, and I know by playing it’s going to take care of itself. I know I can play baseball. ... So now that I’m healthy, everything is good and now everybody’s going to see it.”
Sunday, November 08, 2015
A Jurickson Profar sighting.
There were also positive signs for Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar as he tries to prove he’s healthy after missing two full seasons with a shoulder injury. Profar isn’t playing in the field yet–he was the West’s designated hitter, but he did have a pair of singles, a pair of walks and two stolen bases.
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