Ranger' Profar Continues To Make A Good Impression
FORT WORTH — The Rangers were shut out of the Latin America talent pool this year, though by choice. The money that was budgeted for international signings was diverted to the bankrupt big league club to help execute a series of trades that fueled a run to the World Series.
While the Rangers' scouting department and front office can hang their hat on an American League pennant, they can also boast about the jewel of their 2009 class of Latin prospects. Shortstop Jurickson Profar topped general manager Jon Daniels' list of instructional league stars this fall. Still four months away from his 18th birthday, Profar already has an extra gear that most prospects don't have.
Profar spent his first professional season in Spokane of the Northwest League, and was rated by Baseball America as that league's top prospect. The switch-hitter from Curacao hit .250/.323/.373 over 252 at-bats as the Indians won the Eastern Division and advanced to the championship series.
"He's a good looking shortstop with all the tools you'd want to see, but he's got that something-extra, an awareness, an internal clock, that not everyone has," Daniels said. "He's an exciting young player."
Daniels was impressed with his quick look at the players in the instructional league.
"We were a really young group out there this year," Daniels said. "But everyone that went out there—the coaches, the scouts—were really excited about the talent level and the makeup of the guys out there."
• Another 17-year-old switch-hitting shortstop, Luis Sardinas, saw his run through the instructional league cut short by dislocated right shoulder, but the Rangers expect the Venezuelan to be ready for spring training.
• The Rangers' 2010 draft class acquitted itself nicely in Surprise this fall, especially supplemental first round third baseman Mike Olt. Rated as the No. 4 prospect in the Northwest League, the former Connecticut star was one of the top power hitters this fall—and not just for the Rangers.