ARLINGTON, Texas - It does appear that 8-year-old Texas Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar (he looks 8) is going to remain with the big league team for the forseeable future. Look at this photo - he looks like a bat boy.
Profar remaining in Arlington is a great idea provided he gets quality at bats, and time playing the infield.
On Monday afternoon before the Rangers hosted the Oakland Athletics, Rangers manager Ron Washington said they are going to try to make Profar more versatile by training him to play a little bit in the outfield.
Wow. Do I not like this.
I asked Wash' if Profar had ever played the outfield before and he said no. That he had played third base and pitched.
"I don't need him to pitch," Wash' cracked.
Don't be so sure.
Washington said it would take about 10 days of work with third base coach Gary Pettis to get up to speed to play the outfield.
"The idea is to be functional in left field," Washington said. "And to make him as versatile as he can."
The Rangers are better to send Profar to Triple A than to mess with his arm in the outfield. If he's never made this throw from left field, which is where he would start, no sense in trying now on the big league level.
Even if Nelson Cruz is suspended for 50 games by MLB for his stuff with the Miami anti-aging clinic, the Rangers are better to find a player who knows the position and is used to the position rather than groom Profar on the fly.
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