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Monday, September 03, 2012

Jurickson Profar Homers In First At-Bat For Rangers

Bryce Harper is now like Winona Ryder in Black Swan... right down to the eyeliner!

[Jurickson] Profar homered in his first ever MLB at-bat on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians, a 388-foot shot off starter Zach McAllister that would’ve been appropriate for an experienced slugger, let alone a teenage middle infielder. For scouts, it probably felt like a confirmation of everything they had been saying for years now.

At 19, Profar is now the youngest player in all of Major League Baseball, but it seems pretty clear from his first few innings that he’s ready to compete at the sport’s highest level. After hitting .281/.368/.452 in 126 games with Double-A Frisco this season, there’s a good chance that Profar is in the big leagues for good.

The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: September 03, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4225642)
After hitting .281/.368/.452

That's not exactly a dominating line for the Texas League, but obviously with his age and skillset he's quite a prospect. We'll see what the Rangers will do here.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: September 03, 2012 at 05:25 PM (#4225677)
Is he the youngest to homer in his first AB? I'm never sure I do P-I right with this but the only competition I could find was Whitey Lockman in 1945 at 18 but the play-by-play for that game isn't available -- i.e. Lockman homered in his first game, can't tell if it was his first AB. Denny McLain of all people also homered in his first game at a younger age than Profar.

Wow, Lockman debuted in 1945 at 18 then lost a year to military service in 1946. That's kinda unlucky.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4225687)
August 28, 2005: two hits in Little League World Series championship game

September 2, 2012: hits home run against Cleveland Indians
   4. Sweatpants Posted: September 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4225688)
I'm never sure I do P-I right with this but the only competition I could find was Whitey Lockman in 1945 at 18 but the play-by-play for that game isn't available -- i.e. Lockman homered in his first game, can't tell if it was his first AB.
If Wikipedia is to be trusted, then it was his first AB.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 03, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4225689)
Is he the youngest to homer in his first AB?

he's the second youngest, according to sports radio yesterday, but I'll be damned if I can remember who they said was the youngest
   6. bobm Posted: September 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4225715)
From 1918 to 2012, In first 1 games, (requiring HR>=1), sorted by youngest

                                                                  
Rk   Gcar           Player    Age          Date  Tm Opp    Rslt HR
1       1   Whitey Lockman 18.345    1945-07-05 NYG STL  L  5-7  1
2       1     Denny McLain 19.176    1963-09-21 DET CHW  W  4-3  1
3       1 Jurickson Profar 19.195    2012-09-02 TEX CLE  W  8-3  1
4       1        Ted Tappe 19.224 1950-09-14(1) CIN BRO  L  3-6  1
5       1   Starlin Castro 20.044    2010-05-07 CHC CIN  W 14-7  1
6       1     Clint Hurdle 20.050    1977-09-18 KCR SEA  W  8-3  1
7       1   Miguel Cabrera 20.063    2003-06-20 FLA TBD  W  3-1  1
8       1   Orlando Cepeda 20.210    1958-04-15 SFG LAD  W  8-0  1
9       1     Ruben Sierra 20.238    1986-06-01 TEX KCR  L  3-5  1
10      1    Jason Heyward 20.239    2010-04-05 ATL CHC  W 16-5  1
11      1    Clyde Vollmer 20.249 1942-05-31(2) CIN PIT  W  3-0  1
12      1       John Ellis 20.269    1969-05-17 NYY CAL  W  6-0  1
13      1         Jay Bell 20.292    1986-09-29 CLE MIN  L  5-6  1
14      1       Buddy Kerr 20.306    1943-09-08 NYG PHI  L  2-3  1
15      1       Bob Horner 20.314    1978-06-16 ATL PIT  L  4-9  1
16      1     Delmon Young 20.349    2006-08-29 TBD CHW L  9-12  1
17      1   Tookie Gilbert 21.031    1950-05-05 NYG PIT  L  4-5  1
18      1        Jim Hegan 21.037    1941-09-09 CLE PHA  W 13-7  1
19      1 Johnnie LeMaster 21.075    1975-09-02 SFG LAD  W  7-3  1
20      1       Kent Hrbek 21.095    1981-08-24 MIN NYY  W  3-2  1
21      1     John Kennedy 21.099 1962-09-05(1) WSA MIN  L  7-9  1
22      1      Ruben Mateo 21.122    1999-06-12 TEX COL  L  7-8  1
23      1       Yogi Berra 21.133 1946-09-22(1) NYY PHA  W  4-3  1
24      1     Eddie Morgan 21.147    1936-04-14 STL CHC L  7-12  1
25      1   Jeff Francoeur 21.180 2005-07-07(2) ATL CHC  W  9-4  1
   7. bobm Posted: September 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM (#4225727)
McLain's home run was hit in the 5th inning.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4225729)
Retrosheet claims Whitey Lockman's HR was in his first at-bat. There's no play-by-play data but there's a special note.
   9. bobm Posted: September 03, 2012 at 07:29 PM (#4225748)
From http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/568887

568887   THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, July 6, 1945  This 24 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 15: "CARDS' 5-RUN 7TH DOWNS GIANTS, 7-5" "LOCKMAN CLOUTS HOMER" and more with box scores. (see)

Tells of Whitey Lockman hitting a home run in his very 1st MLB at bat.


Photos of the article are on the webpage; it confirms the home run was hit in the 1st inning.
   10. Darren Posted: September 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM (#4225750)
Good for him. Now they can deal Andrus. Right? Right?
   11. Darren Posted: September 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM (#4225751)
Also, with a name like that, shouldn't he be navigating a ship powered by an improbability drive?
   12. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: September 03, 2012 at 07:35 PM (#4225753)
I'm still basically the only BBTF Sox fan who would consider trading Ellsbury straight up for Andrus, right?
   13. Darren Posted: September 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4225768)
No. You probably won't find much buy-in from Rangers fans though.
   14. tshipman Posted: September 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4225773)
I'm still basically the only BBTF Sox fan who would consider trading Ellsbury straight up for Andrus, right?


That trade idea is a fantasy. That there are Red Sox fans who would not take it speaks more to the nature of fandom than anything else.
   15. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: September 03, 2012 at 08:13 PM (#4225780)
At 19, Profar is now the youngest player in all of Major League Baseball

About time someone pushed that old codger Harper out of baseball!
   16. Walt Davis Posted: September 03, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4225815)
That list in #6 obviously has some good players on it but is not exactly overflowing with HoFers (Berra, Cepeda kinda, and Cabrera and Heyward have shots). And Castro of course, I forget he's the next Jeter/Yount/Brett/Molitor. :-) [OK, actually given the randomness involved in such an event, it's a pretty impressive list.]

Wait, Johnnie LeMaster? Steve Treder must have had such high hopes at the time!

I see that was McLain's only career HR (709 PA). Also Eddie Morgan's (79 PA). Buddy Kerr's photo looks like one of those "if two celebs had a kid" things that Conan (?) used to do.
   17. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4225819)
I have grabbed him in a keeper league just in case I want him for next year. He will be battling with Starlin Castro for the last spot on my keep list.
   18. bobm Posted: September 03, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4225832)
[16] To clarify: the list in [6] is the youngest 25 players of 200 total.


Earl Averill is another Hall of Famer on the list:

                                                                                                                                                 
Rk    Gcar       Player    Age       Date  Tm Opp   Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS   WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
169      1 Earl Averill 26.330 1929-04-16 CLE DET W  5-4  5  4 1 1  0  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  1          0  0  0 0.000    0.000   3           CF


ISTM his age at his MLB debut must be among the oldest for a Hall of Famer.
   19. bobm Posted: September 03, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4225855)
[16] Todd Helton and Will Clark are among selected players who homered in their first game:

                                                             
Rk    Gcar           Player    Age       Date  Tm Opp    Rslt
27       1   Jeremy Hermida 21.213 2005-08-31 FLA STL L  5-10
28       1    Jose Offerman 21.284 1990-08-19 LAD MON  L  1-2
31       1       Will Clark 22.026 1986-04-08 SFG HOU  W  8-3
33       1     Frank Howard 22.033 1958-09-10 LAD PHI  L  6-8
35       1    Lenny Dykstra 22.082 1985-05-03 NYM CIN  W  9-4
37       1       Bill White 22.100 1956-05-07 NYG STL  L  3-6
38       1      Bobby Bonds 22.102 1968-06-25 SFG LAD  W  9-0
39       1     Jermaine Dye 22.110 1996-05-17 ATL CIN  W  8-2
40       1  Bert Campaneris 22.136 1964-07-23 KCA MIN  W  4-3
48       1     Brad Fullmer 22.228 1997-09-02 MON BOS  W  6-5
50       1     Elijah Dukes 22.280 2007-04-02 TBD NYY  L  5-9
53       1  Charles Johnson 22.290 1994-05-06 FLA PHI  W  9-5
55       1       Travis Lee 22.309 1998-03-31 ARI COL  L  2-9
56       1       Carlos Lee 22.321 1999-05-07 CHW OAK  W  7-1
58       1  Kendrys Morales 22.337 2006-05-23 LAA TEX  W  7-6
60       1      Tim Wallach 22.358 1980-09-06 MON SFG  W  9-0
61       1 Carmelo Martinez 23.025 1983-08-22 CHC CIN  W  2-0
63       1      Gary Gaetti 23.032 1981-09-20 MIN TEX  L  3-4
64       1   Jason Jennings 23.037 2001-08-23 COL NYM  W 10-0
73       1      Alvin Davis 23.215 1984-04-11 SEA BOS  W  5-4
75       1       Dan Pasqua 23.225 1985-05-30 NYY CAL  W  3-1
77       1 Kevin McReynolds 23.229 1983-06-02 SDP PHI  W  4-1
82       1         Sam Horn 23.265 1987-07-25 BOS SEA  W 11-5
84       1    Geoff Jenkins 23.277 1998-04-24 MIL SFG  W  7-5
93       1   Carlos Quentin 23.326 2006-07-20 ARI LAD  W  5-2
94       1        Ken Boyer 23.327 1955-04-12 STL CHC L  4-14
95       1      Todd Helton 23.347 1997-08-02 COL PIT  L  5-6
96       1      Ian Desmond 23.355 2009-09-10 WSN PHI  W  8-7
101      1      Gates Brown 24.048 1963-06-19 DET BOS  L  2-9
102      1     Miguel Olivo 24.062 2002-09-15 CHW NYY  L  4-8
107      1     Ken Caminiti 24.086 1987-07-16 HOU PHI  W  2-1
110      1  John Montefusco 24.101 1974-09-03 SFG LAD  W  9-5
114      1      Mike Napoli 24.185 2006-05-04 LAA DET  W  7-2
115      1  Terry Steinbach 24.194 1986-09-12 OAK CLE  L  3-9
116      1     Tommy Milone 24.199 2011-09-03 WSN NYM  W  8-7
117      1   J.P. Arencibia 24.214 2010-08-07 TOR TBR W 17-11
119      1  Marlon Anderson 24.245 1998-09-08 PHI NYM  W 16-4
120      1        Jason Bay 24.245 2003-05-23 SDP ARI  L  3-5
125      1    Luis Gonzalez 24.285 2004-04-06 COL ARI  W  6-2
126      1      Mike Jacobs 24.295 2005-08-21 NYM WSN  L  4-7
127      1   Joe Charboneau 24.299 1980-04-11 CLE CAL L  2-10
129      1    Scott Brosius 24.357 1991-08-07 OAK SEA  W  6-1
130      1   Reggie Sanders 24.357 1974-09-01 DET OAK  L  3-5
132      1   Kevin Youkilis 25.061 2004-05-15 BOS TOR  W  4-0
133      1    Marcus Thames 25.096 2002-06-10 NYY ARI  W  7-5
144      1      Dick Stuart 25.245 1958-07-10 PIT CHC  L  7-8
157      1       Greg Dobbs 26.068 2004-09-08 SEA CLE  L  5-9
168      1     Chuck Tanner 26.282 1955-04-12 MLN CIN  W  4-2
170      1       Brett Pill 26.362 2011-09-06 SFG SDP  W  6-4
171      1     Mike Redmond 27.026 1998-05-31 FLA MIL  L  6-7
173      1      Daniel Nava 27.110 2010-06-12 BOS PHI  W 10-2
186      1     Kazuo Matsui 28.166 2004-04-06 NYM ATL  W  7-2
194      1    Kenji Johjima 29.299 2006-04-03 SEA LAA  L  4-5
198      1  Kosuke Fukudome 30.340 2008-03-31 CHC MIL  L  3-4
199      1      Sam Jethroe 33.085 1950-04-18 BSN NYG  W 11-4
Rk    Gcar           Player    Age       Date  Tm Opp    Rslt

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