(ARLINGTON, Tex.) — While the Texas Rangers had to put second baseman Ian Kinsler on the DL, it is paving the way for super-prospect Jurickson Profar to get time on the Major League level.
Kinsler was placed on the DL retroactive to Saturday with a right intercostal sprain. While his bat is an integral part of the Rangers high-powered offense, it opens the door for Profar to show what he can do at the next level.
“Profar’s not afraid of the game,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “He’ll get a chance to play. He’s gotten better as the year has progressed.”
Heading into the season, Profar was ranked the number one prospect by ESPN.com’s Keith Law. Profar was on a hot streak at Triple-A Round Rock, hitting two home runs on Saturday and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
What remains to be seen is what happens when Kinsler is ready to return to the team. The Rangers want Profar playing everyday, so if he plays well with the Rangers, he could force their hand and find playing time for him.
Kinsler was batting .302 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs this season.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com