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Rangers call up top prospect Jurickson Profar

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Profar becomes the youngest player in the majors. (Getty Images)

Just like every other club will be doing at some point in the next several hours, the Texas Rangers have announced their September callups. Among the eight names is a juicy one: Jurickson Profar.

Coming into the 2012 season, the scouting community had a consensus top four prospects in baseball. The top three were, in some order, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Matt Moore (ever heard of them?). Number four was Jurickson Profar.

Profar, a shortstop, is only 19 years old. The only other 19 year old in the majors this season is Harper (Manny Machado turned 20 just before he was called up). Harper turns 20 this October, but Profar won't be 20 until next February, so he's now the youngest player in the bigs.

Simply appearing in the majors at age 19 is a rarity. Here's the list of 19-year-old major leaguers in the last decade:

2003: Jose Reyes (one day before he turned 20)
2004: B.J. Upton
2007: Justin Upton
2011: Trout
2012: Harper, Profar

In terms of playing time, Profar will obviously gain some experience but not as a regular. All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus isn't going anywhere. Profar did play 25 games at second base this season, but Ian Kinsler has that spot nailed down as well. Barring injury, this promotion is more for the experience.

Also, the move won't be official until September 1, so Profar isn't eligible for postseason play unless he replaces a player who is placed on the disabled list in September.

Profar hit .281/.368/.452 with 26 doubles, seven triples, 14 homers, 62 RBI, 76 runs and 16 steals in 126 games for Double-A Frisco this season.

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