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The Profar Predicament

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
What do you do if your team is so stacked that you can't make room for the top prospect in all of baseball? The Rangers are living that scenario. Call it the "Profar Predicament". It's a good problem to have.

Only 20 years old, Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar has all the tools. He just doesn't have a spot in the Texas infield.

"The things people see in him, they're for a reason," said Rangers outfielder David Murphy. "He wants to be here, but he's not necessarily in the position where we need him to be able to carry a lot of weight right now."

Third baseman Adrian Beltre and starting shortstop Elvis Andrus are two of the of guys keeping Profar from being an everyday Major Leaguer. They are alos the two guys teaching him the most about being a Major Leaguer.

"I see a lot of myself in him when I came up to the big leagues," Beltre told KEYE TV sports. "Whatever knowledge I can pass on to him so he can use it and he can be a better player and better person and know how to handle himself in the clubhouse, I will."

"I came here to learn how they go about their business," said Profar. "On the field and off the field. So I'm doing good."

"Never give up," Andrus advises Profar. "I think he knows that. I talk to him all the time and try to remind him of that and he seems like a kid that loves to work and gets ready to go."

Despite being one of Texas' top hitters this spring, Profar - who did log 17 September at bats for the Rangers a year ago, is likely headed to Triple-A Round Rock.

"It's disappointing for a guy like that who feels like he's ready to be here," said Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman.

The minor league assignment is not one he wants, but like everything else that comes his way, Profar plans to field it cleanly.

"I'm going to go there [Round Rock] and give everything I have," said Profar. "It's the same baseball, so I'm going to go there and do me."

The only thing bigger than Profar's potential is his smile. So whether he's in Arlington or Round Rock, he will brighten up the clubhouse and likely the box score, too.

The Profar Predicament


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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