Jurickson Profar serves as a prime example of the disastrous effects shoulder injuries can have on hitters, most of the time severely sapping power. After missing nearly two years due to ongoing shoulder issues, he's still trying to rediscover the stroke that made him the top prospect in every publication across the land just four years ago. He teased that potential by starting 2016 with a .352/.379/.516 line through his first 23 games, but the outstanding performance was short-lived, as Profar hit a meager .180/.291/.250 in 201 plate appearances from July 3 through the end of the season. He hit decently for a 23-year-old at Triple-A, but considering the offense-heavy context of the Pacific Coast League, his Round Rock performance was still disappointing for a player of Profar's pedigree, experience and theoretical upside. His greatest fantasy asset in 2017 might be his positional flexibility, depending on your league's qualification parameters, as last season Profar played 11 or more games at every spot on the infield (other than catcher) in addition to left field. He's still an interesting lottery ticket.
Profar hit .464 (13-for-28) with five doubles, one home run and four RBI for Team Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic. Once considered the top prospect in all of baseball, Profar has since seen his hype subside quite a bit. Despite that fact, the 24-year-old appears poised to be a key contributor for the Rangers in 2017. Due to his impressive positional versatility, he'll be relied upon as the team's main utility player and could end up seeing regular time in the outfield.
Profar says his middle finger is fine and he will continue to play in the World Baseball Classic, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. He jammed the finger during Wednesday's WBC game and was removed as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old returned to the majors in a big way last season, slashing .239/.321/.338 and earning regular playing time in the Rangers lineup. The Netherlands resumes play Saturday, so look for Profar to be back in action at that point.
Profar jammed the middle finger of his left hand, and Texas has touched base with his Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic to check on his status, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The injury occurred in Wednesday's WBC contest, and he was removed as a precaution. The 24-year-old, who clubbed a home run in the WBC and has made an overall solid impression, doesn't appear to be in much jeopardy to miss time, but more information should be revealed soon. During a season in which he'll plug several positions in the field, Profar could take a big step forward and give his fantasy owners in deep mixed leagues a nice bonus on a cheap investment.
Profar went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in Team Netherlands' 5-0 win over Team Korea on Tuesday. Following a leadoff single by Andrelton Simmons to begin the game, Profar hit one deep to right field against right-hander Kyu Min Woo. Profar started and completed the game in center field -- a position he's never played in affiliated ball. He's in the mix for a platoon role in left field with the Rangers this spring. While the 24-year-old switch-hitter batted just .197/.250/.211 against left-handed pitching last season, he was serviceable against right-handers (.728 OPS).
Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said Profar will work as an outfielder in the World Baseball Classic, Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily reports. Gammons also confirms previous reports that Profar will start in the Rangers outfield against right-handed pitching. Working in left field during the WBC should help him hone a position he fleetingly has played before. With his new clear-cut opportunity, Profar, named the No. 1 prospect in baseball for the 2013 season, is worth a dice roll in deep fantasy leagues as a post-hype sleeper entering his age-24 season.