Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
4 days ago

Profar hit .464 (13-for-28) with five doubles, one home run, and four RBI for Team Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic.

EDGE Analysis

Once considered the top prospect in all of baseball, Profar has since seen hype subside quite a bit. Despite that fact, the 24-year-old appears poised to be a key contributor for the Rangers in 2017. Due to his impressive positional versatility, he'll be relied upon as the team's main utility player and could end up seeing regular time in the outfield.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
3 weeks ago

Profar says his middle finger is fine and he will continue to play in the World Baseball Classic, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He jammed the finger during Wednesday's WBC game and was removed as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old returned to the majors in a big way last season, slashing .239/.321/.338 and earning regular playing time in the Ranger lineup. The Netherlands resumes play Saturday, so look for Profar to be back in action at that point.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
3 weeks ago

Profar jammed the middle finger of his left hand, and Texas has touched base with his Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic to check on his status, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 24-year-old, who clubbed a home run in the WBC and has made an overall solid impression, doesn't appear to be in much jeopardy to miss time, but more information should be revealed soon. During a season in which he'll plug several positions in the field, Profar could take a big step forward and give his fantasy owners in deep mixed leagues a nice bonus on a cheap investment.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
3 weeks ago

Profar went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in Team Netherlands' 5-0 win over Team Korea on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Following a leadoff single by Andrelton Simmons to begin the bottom of the first, Profar hit one deep to right field against right-hander Kyu Min Woo. Profar started and completed the game in center field -- a position he's never played in affiliated ball. He's in the mix for a platoon role in left field with the Rangers this spring. While the 24-year-old switch-hitter batted just .197/.250/.211 against left-handed pitching last season, he was serviceable against right-handers (.728 OPS).

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
1 month ago

Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said Profar will work as an outfielder in the World Baseball Classic, Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gammons also confirms previous reports that Profar will start in the Rangers outfield against right-handed pitching. Working in left field during the WBC should help him hone a position he fleetingly has played before. With his new clear-cut opportunity, Profar, named the No. 1 prospect in baseball for the 2013 season, is worth a dice roll in deep fantasy leagues as a post-hype sleeper entering his age-24 season.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
1 month ago

Profar appears poised to start in left field against right-handed pitching this season, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers signed Mike Napoli to play primarily at first base, which pushes Shin-Soo Choo to DH and Profar to left field. While Profar is a switch hitter, he has a 93 wRC+ against righties and a 35 wRC+ against lefties for his career, so a platoon seems necessary. Ryan Rua figures to start in left field against southpaws. Profar is entering his age-24 season, so it is too early to completely give up on the player who was the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season. He is flyer material in deeper mixed leagues.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
2 months ago

Profar seems to be in line to play left field for Team Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic, which could translate into a platoon role during the regular season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

With infielders Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorious, and Andrelton Simmons all added to the Dutch roster for the WBC, manager Hensley Meulens is going to have to be creative in order to get Profar's bat into the lineup, with many expecting the solution to be moving the former top prospect to the outfield. The Rangers are expected to use this experience as a test to see if the 23-year-old is fit for a platoon role in left field with Ryan Rua. Profar showed extensive positional versatility last season with decent results, so as long as his bat can keep up with the tough competition, it wouldn't be too surprising to see him in left field somewhat regularly next season.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
2 months ago

Profar and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.005 million contract on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Profar will earn nine figures for the first time in his career in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He appeared in a career-high 90 games for the Rangers last year and came out of the gate hot after joining the big club in late May, but he struggled over the season's final months and finished with just a .660 OPS. He figures to see action at several positions in 2017, but he is likely going to have to hit more to see steady action at one spot, barring an injury to one of the Rangers' regulars.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
7 months ago

Profar will start at third base and bat third in the order Sunday against the Indians, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Profar had served in a bench role over the past six days while he's remained in an extended swoon in August, batting just .148 with a .220 on-base percentage in 59 plate appearances this month. While the 23-year-old's versatility has allowed him to see opportunities all over the diamond and in the outfield this season, the Rangers' wealth of hitting options might make it hard for Profar to see everyday playing time until his bat heats up again.

Jurickson Profar
IF/LF TEX
7 months ago

Profar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Profar has started back-to-back games in left field, but has been on the bench in favor of Delino DeShields the last two games the Rangers have faced a lefty. That will be the case again Sunday with southpaw Drew Smyly on the hill for the opposing Rays.