CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 02: Rookie second baseman Jurickson Profar #2 of the Texas Rangers laughs after a teammate smeared shaving cream on his face in celebration after Profar was two for four with a home run during in his MLB debet against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rangers defeated the Indians 8-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Discussion Question: Texas Rangers Promote Jurickson Profar..What Should They Do Now?
The Texas Rangers promoted super-prospect Jurickson Profar to the major leagues yesterday. He homered in his major league debut, while adding a double in a two-for-four day. Before his promotion, he hit .281/.368/.452 in 126 games for Double-A Frisco in the Texas League, with 26 doubles, 14 homers, 66 walks, and 79 strikeouts in 480 at-bats. He also stole 16 bases in 20 attempts, while providing impressive defense at shortstop. Oh, and he's only 19 years old, and a switch-hitter to boot.
A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out that Profar is so good that Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles is NOT the best shortstop prospect in baseball. I asked if the Rangers should promote Profar to the major leagues for the September run, and the poll result was interesting: 631 people voted, with 322 voting "yes he should be promoted" (51%) and 309 voting "no he should not be promoted (49%).
The Rangers voted "yes" obviously. So, the question now is this: let's say Profar continues to play well in September, and that it looks like he is ready for a major league job entering 2013. If you were the Rangers, what would you do with him? Do you send Profar to Triple-A, although the question assumes that he doesn't need it, or do you trade someone to make room for him? Or do you think about trading Profar himself?