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Profar joins Harper as youngest big leaguer in seven years -- and hits a home run

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

The day Bryce Harper made his major-league debut, he was 19 years, 195 days old. He was the youngest big-league position player in 14 years, and the youngest player (including pitchers) since 2005.

Now he has company.

Jurickson Profar debuted for the Rangers Sunday.

His age: 19 years, 195 days.

That's right, the same age Harper was when he debuted with the Nationals. To the day.

Harper doubled in his debut. Profar did even better.

He homered in his first big-league at-bat.

Profar is the youngest player to hit a major-league home run since Adrian Beltre did it for the Dodgers in 1998. Beltre, who started at third base for the Rangers on Sunday, is also the last position player younger than Harper or Profar to play in a major-league game. Beltre, who was 19 years, 78 days old when he played his first game, hit his first home run six days later.

Felix Hernandez was 19 years, 118 days old when he first pitched for the Mariners in 2005.

Profar, called up by the Rangers on Saturday, was a late addition to Sunday's lineup in Cleveland. He was inserted at second base when Ian Kinsler had to be scratched because of a stiff back.

Profar and Harper aren't completely comparable. The Nationals made Harper a regular immediately, while Profar is getting his first taste of the big leagues as a September call-up who is expected to be used part-time.

Profar is the sixth 19-year-old to play in the big leagues in the last decade. He's the youngest position player ever to play for the Rangers, and the third youngest player; pitchers David Clyde and Wilson Alvarez were younger.

Before Profar, the last 19-year-old to homer in his first big-league game was Denny McLain, with the 1963 Tigers. The last 19-year-old to homer in his first big-league at-bat was Ted Tappe of the 1950 Reds, who did it as a pinch-hitter in a game at Ebbets Field.

 
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