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Keeping Jurickson Profar in bigs can work

6/15/2013

Finally, after weeks of discussion among Texas Rangers fans and media, the club has made the decision to keep Jurickson Profar in the majors, shipping Leury Garcia to Triple-A Round Rock with Ian Kinsler returning to the lineup.

It wasn't a surprising announcement if you heard president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels on Fitzsimmons and Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Friday. You certainly got the sense that Daniels wanted Profar to stay and allow manager Ron Washington to rest some of his other players.

There are many factors to this decision, as we've discussed on the radio and this blog in the past few weeks. I'm fine with this call, as long as Profar gets chances to play. The fact that he was out shagging fly balls with outfield coach Gary Pettis on Saturday is an indication that the Rangers realize that's the best way for Profar to get more versatile and be able to play in more games.

How many games does Profar need to play to avoid getting stale? Probably three a week or so. If he can learn the outfield, an attainable goal, that makes it easier on Washington.

For those concerned about Profar's development, I think he can get a valuable major league education from spending every day with this Rangers coaching staff, from being around the big league players and from, of course, playing three times a week or so. No, it's not the same as playing every day, but in Profar's case, I think that's OK.

The other reason to keep him here: He's a spark. This lineup isn't doing anything. Profar provides energy and is a better bench option than the struggling Garcia. So why not keep him around and see what happens?

The key is that Washington must find a way to play him. If Profar can at least become a feasible option in the outfield, he could play there twice a week and then rotate in at an infield spot to give Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre a breather here and there.

What do you think? Can keeping Profar in the big leagues work? What would you have done if you were making the decision for the Rangers?