What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Seems to me that all this hype is all accurate. Wash is going to have to find a way to put him in the lineup. I think maybe as a super utilty this year but I'm not sure. This guy has all the making of an impact rookie like Harper and Trout did last year. Remember there is a reason he had all this hype and was the concensus No 1 overall prospect in baseball.
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Did you not just watch the game today JD or are you just blind?
Champ: I think you're right.The kid is making his presence felt. He has "IT".I had previously been for trading him for David Price....but
I don't think i could stand to part with him now.He can star for this club for the next decade. All-Star player.
Trout? Harper? lmfao
Matt Harvey and Shelby Miller are already shown to be impact rookies. I expect the same from this star in the making. Jurickson Profar... BTW isn't Profar hitting 1.000 in the postseason?
Not disagreeing with the fact that Jurickson Profar is amazing, but are you guys just realizing this today? You let one at-bat in the 8th inning of a game on June 2nd against the Royals decide your entire outlook on Jurickson? That's bonkers, guys.
Thats right eric---i saw no evidence at all before today
Eric, he hit a HR in his first big league AB last year as a 19 year old. Got a go ahead hit on the road in the top of the ninth against Tampa in September. Actually has a 1.000 batting average in the postseason! That hit today was clutch and showed the brilliance that us as Ranger fans will have for years to come. This guy will be an impact rookie and will be a star player "THIS SEASON"
Profar will not be super utility. That is asking to much of him. too many adjustments. He either plays regularly at second or he goes back to Round Rock to play short. Kinsler will return soon, where do you play him but at second. The whole point in sending him to Round Rock was to give him at bats. He has not hit above .286 in the minors, so it is asking a lot of a 29 year old who is not given a position. Have patience, Wash does. Jurickson will be a regular and major contributor in a very short time. Just do not be surprised when Kinsler returns, Jurickson is sent down i-35 for more seasoning. If he does stay, then who do you drop. Leury, he fits the role of a super U; Baker, he had done more then what was expected so far: an outfielder or cut Berkman, do not bet on it. So unless you keep Jurickson and send Leury to Round Rock there is very little other options. Would this make the Rangers a stronger 25, yes. Would it possibly slow Profar at the major league level, probably Kinsler is not going anywhere but second for the Rangers Moreland is playing to good to reduce his role as everyday first baseman. The change will be made in 2014 when Cruz and Murphy are free agents and Moreland goes to right field, sliding Kinsler over to first.
coreect the mis type to 20 year old
Eric, he hit a HR in his first big league AB last year as a 19 year old. Got a go ahead hit on the road in the top of the ninth against Tampa in September. Actually has a 1.000 batting average in the postseason! That hit today was clutch and showed the brilliance that us as Ranger fans will have for years to come.
Still, you aren't talking about samples, you are talking 3 plate appearances. That home run against Cleveland, that GW hit against TB, and today's homer, are not a surprise to the Texas Rangers. Their plans with Profar have not changed one way or another based on a handful of games.
Also, a 1.000 postseason batting average is based on a 1-1 clip.
It's all about sample size. Jurickson is good, but let's not pretend like this is any kind of shock when he plays well.
You could cut Berkman
JD, someone will have an injury and need a bat at the trade deadline. Trading Berkman could indeed be an option.
@I don't see trading Berkman at the trade deadline to an AL team in contention? Maybe to the NL if his knees can hold up to 1B.
I don't think he'll get enough ABs to get considered for Rookie of the Year. More than likely he gets sent back down to AAA when Kinsler is ready
Aaron, You can't tell me that Profar isn't one of the best nine position players on this team... Why send down one of your best nine... makes no sense...
@Champ - Profar can play 2 infield positions and both are occupied when Kinsler comes back. Highly doubtful Kinsler moves to LF during the season. Ideally, if Kinsler took in some LF in AA rehab before he came back that would work. Otherwise, look for Kinsler to be playing 3rd while Beltre is on DL.
I think it has already been stated by Wash and JD that Profar is going back to AAA when Kinsler returns. Better for him to get regular playing time there than to take L. Garcia's spot and only play once a week.
I want to keep Profar up too, but finding a place for him won't be easy.
Then again, Mitch has been looking worse lately...
If Profar stays, he plays. Everyone has seen that this kid is ready now and that includes Kinsler. The easiest solution would be to keep him up and make a spot for him in the outfield. Murphy is playing nearly every day in LF and he is hitting around .230. He's batting 2nd in the lineup which is not ideal. Profar would have no problem adjusting to the outfield. He's an athlete. Kinsler needs to be back in the lineup in the leadoff spot and at 2nd base. Elvis is better in the 2nd slot because he gets more fastballs to hit. Last season the Angels brought up Mike Trout and made room for him by trading Bobby Abreu. He became Rookie of the Year. They recognized his talent and made room for him. The Rangers will have to do the same to utilize his talent. Murphy will be a Free Agent after this season. He has some trade value now.
why does a pending free agent have value?
Profar is one of the best 9 position players on this team. To tell me he needs to be in the minors is idiotic. The Dutchman should be playing everyday somehow...
Randy "The clown" Galloway has an article up today saying that we should trade Profar. He also calls the Davis-Uehara trade the worst MLB trade of the decade.
Both arguments are ridiculous. I imagine Kinsler told the FO he would be happy to move after this season, and the FO decided to give Profar one full season at AAA (which he had never played at before) and make the transition next season. Say goodbye to Murphy or Cruz after this season, see Kinsler in LF, and Profar at 2B. There is no reason the FO refuses to trade Profar, Kinsler, and Elvis other than they fully intend to use each of them long-term.
I LOVE watching Profar play, and I hope we'll see him and Elvis up the middle next season.
With Murphy and Cruz both being potential free agents, it seems reasonable Ian could be moved to OF. Independent of personal factors, of course. I certainly don't want him indignant like Young was when he was moved.
Obviously, I don't want to trade any of them, either.
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