MLB ready for next 'can't-miss' rookie?

August 13, 2012

You might be thinking to yourself that the name "Jurickson Profar" rings a bell.

It should. Last month, during the lead-up to the MLB trade deadline, the Texas Rangers were looking at a number of candidates to strengthen their team for another World Series push.  But Texas held back from making any blockbuster deals because the player every team wanted from the Rangers was their "can't-miss" infield prospect, Jurickson Profar.

Now it looks like Texas may be ready to introduce Profar to the world.  The Rangers are looking at bringing up Profar from Double-A Frisco next week, reports T.R. Sullivan of

"It's a consideration," GM Jon Daniels told The Dallas Morning News on Monday. "He's one of the candidates we'll discuss."

Profar is having a solid year in Frisco, batting .283 with 13 home runs and 15 stolen bases. If he does get called up, the 19-year-old from Curacao will move ahead of Bryce Harper as the youngest player in the majors.

Profar made an impact during the All-Star weekend festivities in Kansas City, starting at shortstop for the World team in the Futures Game. He went 2 for 3 with a home run.

Texas has what is considered to be one of the deepest farm systems in baseball, and the arrival of Profar would add to the list of young talent that has debuted this season in Arlington, including starting pitcher Martin Perez and infielder Mike Olt.

But few Rangers prospects have had the level of expectations placed on them that Profar has.

Last month, former Reds GM Jim Bowden spoke to 103.3 KESN-FM in Dallas about Profar, comparing him to a Reds great that just entered the Hall of Fame.

"This guy's got a chance to be a superstar," Bowden said. "As Barry Larkin went into the Hall of Fame, I kept thinking back to watching Profar and thinking, 'I wouldn't be surprised if this kid goes to the Hall of Fame someday, too.'  This guy's a real star player."