Should the Texas Rangers Promote Jurickson Profar?

July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; World player Jurickson Profar celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

The Baltimore Orioles promoted Manny Machado to the major leagues this week, and the early, miniscule-sample size results are exciting: 6-for-16 with three homers, a double, and a triple. Not to be outdone, the Texas Rangers are apparently considering promoting their own uber-shortstop prospect, Jurickson Profar, for the stretch run.

How good is Profar? Profar is so good that Manny Machado is not the best overall shortstop prospect in baseball. Profar is. He's hitting .285/.363/.470 with 14 homers, 15 steals, 54 walks, and 70 strikeouts in 438 at-bats for Double-A Frisco in the Texas League, thriving in Double-A at age 19. He also provides excellent defense at shortstop, and his makeup is considered stellar.

Grant Brisbee makes the point: Profar is one of the 25-best players the Rangers currently have available. Even if Profar isn't quite ready to demonstrate his full range of skills, I think Grant is right that Profar can still help the Rangers this year. What do you think? Should the Rangers promote him for September?

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