Jurickson Profar feels good in his first regular-season action since 2013, his shoulder is stronger than ever since having surgery in February 2015, and all that’s keeping him from being ready for the major leagues is shoring up his hitting.
He wants to return to the majors with the Texas Rangers, but Profar, at Triple A Round Rock, is no dummy. He knows who’s in front of him — Elvis Andrus and his immovable contract at shortstop and Rougned Odor at second base — and that he might have to head to another organization to realize his dream of returning to the big leagues.
Maybe I have to go to another team, and I have no problem with that. I know I’m going to be in the big leagues pretty soon.
Rangers shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar, at Triple A Round Rock
“There’s a lot of teams, and I’m showing that I’m doing good,” said Profar, who entered Thursday batting .271 with a .353 on-base percentage in 29 games at Round Rock. “Maybe I have to go to another team, and I have no problem with that. I know I’m going to be in the big leagues pretty soon. I’m just getting ready for that. I just want to be in the big leagues and win. If it’s here or anywhere else, I’m ready.”
Profar isn’t unhappy with his current status or asking club officials to trade him. He’s actually happy to be playing every day again after missing the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He’s playing shortstop now but might start taking grounders at second base next week.
I don’t think I’m there hitting-wise. I’m close.
Profar said that he has no issues throwing or fielding, but his bat is holding him back. He said that his current approach might fly at Triple A but will need to be better in the majors, where pitchers are quicker to make adjustments.
“I’m playing every day. That’s nice. I’m loving it,” Profar said. “I’m getting better every day, and that’s what I like. Every day my shoulder is feeling great. Every day it’s ready to play. It’s stronger than in spring training. I’m trusting it more.
“I don’t feel like I’m ready yet. I just want to work on playing every day and work to get better. I don’t think I’m there hitting-wise. I’m close.”