When Ian Kinsler returned to the
However, after sitting on Saturday, Profar has been in the lineup for three straight games, starting at third base, then at designated hitter, and for Tuesday's game against the Athletics, he's penciled in as the starting shortstop.
Profar also has been working on playing the outfield, so clearly the Rangers are committed to giving him at least semi-regular playing time. Fantasy owners can stop worrying about Profar's number of at-bats and start worrying about his lack of production. The combination of power, speed and plate discipline made Profar an exciting prospect, especially when he was putting up strong numbers at Double-A as a 19-year-old.
However, he hasn't seen the benefits of his speed in the big leagues, either in the form of stolen bases or doubles and triples.
Though he's a sure-fire keeper in long-term leagues, Profar should be benched for now, and he's not beyond dropping in single-season formats.
With news that the
Nando Di Fino compared it to Dustin Ackley’s move to the outfield on Tuesday’s Fantasy Baseball Today, with Al Melchior agreeing that it seems like Ron Washington is trying to find more ways to keep Profar up in the lineup.
Profar, who was leading off as the designated hitter Monday against Oakland, is expected to need 7-10 days in order to learn the ins and outs of playing left field.
"As long as it's baseball, I can play anywhere," Profar said, per ESPN.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said he has little concerns about Profar playing third base.
"It's a catch and throw position," Washington said. "He can handle that."
Profar could be used in more of a utility role going forward for the Rangers with Kinsler back. The 20-year-old is batting .245 in June over 49 at-bats with a homer, two RBI and nine strikeouts. He's batting .278 overall for the Rangers.
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