Jurickson Profar
Jurickson Profar
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Once considered the top prospect in baseball, Profar's previous five seasons had been marred by injury and disappointment, but that finally changed in 2018. The Rangers dealt with a myriad of injuries but he was able to stay healthy and play in 146 games, finishing with a 108 wRC+. His 20 home runs were an especially welcome sight, as Profar totaled only 17 home runs between Triple-A and MLB over the previous two seasons. His 13.2% HR/FB was roughly league average, so he could reprise that power output. He was also 10-for-10 on stolen-base attempts. Profar hits the ball to all fields and rarely strikes out (14.8 K%), so he could improve on last year's AVG (.269 BABIP). He was traded to the A's as part of a surprise three-team deal this offseason. In Oakland, he figures to serve as the primary second baseman, but could also get occasional starts at shortstop and third base. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.6 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Reaches deal and avoids arbitration
SSOakland Athletics
January 11, 2019
Profar and the Athletics avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The deal is worth $3.6 million, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Profar finally started to deliver on some of his prospect promise last year after several poor seasons, hitting .254/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 steals in 146 games. Acquired from the Rangers in December, he appears to be in line for Oakland's starting second base job.
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Since 2016
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Since 2016vs Left .697 270 26 4 22 3 .247 .319 .379
Since 2016vs Right .744 701 99 21 80 10 .242 .331 .412
2018vs Left .795 188 21 4 20 2 .269 .346 .449
2018vs Right .792 406 61 16 57 8 .246 .330 .462
2017vs Left .733 6 0 0 2 1 .200 .333 .400
2017vs Right .479 64 8 0 3 0 .170 .290 .189
2016vs Left .461 76 5 0 0 0 .197 .250 .211
2016vs Right .728 231 30 5 20 2 .254 .345 .383
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Since 2016Home .828 481 67 15 59 8 .267 .356 .471
Since 2016Away .636 490 58 10 43 5 .221 .300 .336
2018Home .874 301 43 11 48 7 .271 .362 .511
2018Away .712 293 39 9 29 3 .237 .307 .405
2017Home .472 30 4 0 3 0 .154 .241 .231
2017Away .521 40 4 0 2 1 .188 .333 .188
2016Home .806 150 20 4 8 1 .280 .367 .439
2016Away .520 157 15 1 12 1 .200 .277 .243
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Widely regarded as the game's No. 1 prospect five years ago, Profar has tamed Triple-A pitching, but he's yet to make an impact at the highest level. The 25-year-old has career major-league rates of 9.1 walks and 19.8 strikeouts, teasing a high-upside batting eye. The .352/.379/.516 line he flashed in his first 23 games of 2016 suggested he regained power and harder contact through increased shoulder strength following significant time lost in 2014 and 2015. Profar doesn't have a daily lineup spot to start the season, which has been an evergreen statement. He likely will have to get by in 2018, at least initially, by piecing together work at numerous positions. Whether he does this for a so-far patient Rangers team or another squad remains to be seen. Repeating the final point from his 2017 outlook: "He's still an interesting lottery ticket."
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 had another lost season, making it two in a row, due to continued issues with shoulder muscles. The injuries have prevented him from taking a professional at-bat for nearly two full years, costing the former top prospect valuable development time. Still just 22 (he'll turn 23 in February), Profar still has plenty of time to carve out a major-league career and he was a surprise addition to Arizona Fall League rosters this winter. Through 19 games (all at DH), he's slashed .264/.352/.458 with 11 walks against just 10 strikeouts. His return to relative health has his name coming up in trade rumors this winter, and there's no real room for him in Texas with Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus entrenched up the middle and Joey Gallo set to inherit third base, but the first step in Profar regaining fantasy relevance again is simply to show he's healthy and get back to playing.
Profar missed all of 2014 with shoulder troubles. He first tore a muscle in his right shoulder during spring training, and then had multiple setbacks throughout the season. He had platelet-rich plasma injections to the joint in late September and a late October MRI said the shoulder was 95 percent clean. However, it was not clean enough for him to play in the Arizona Fall League as originally hoped. He seemed to be making steady progress throughout the winter, but a follow-up MRI showed increase strain in the subscapularis muscle in his shoulder, and the decision was made to schedule surgery. Profar is expected to miss the entire 2015 season as a result, but he's still just 22 years old and those in keeper and dynasty leagues who are willing to ride out the storm could use this to get the talented infielder at a discount.
Profar was called up in early May with the injury to Ian Kinsler and remained in the majors, largely in a utility role, for the rest of the season. He hit poorly in that role, slashing just .234/.308/.336 and fanning 63 times in 286 at-bats. The winter trade of Kinsler to Detroit throws the second base door wide open, and it's expected that Profar will be the heavy favorite to begin the 2014 season as the everyday second baseman. With regular at-bats and without having to learn a new position, Profar should be able to deliver much better results the second time around.
The current holder, in many eyes, of the "Best Prospect In Baseball" title, Profar proved that 2011's breakout was legit, racking up 26 doubles, seven triples and 14 homers in 480 at-bats at Double-A Frisco as a 19-year-old. He showed solid plate discipline (66:79 BB:K) on top of the power, and got a brief taste of the majors late in the season (homering in his first at-bat). Texas currently has Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus up the middle, but there's been talk of Kinsler moving to the outfield to make room in 2013 for Profar despite not having a single at-bat at Triple-A. Profar's name has been tossed around in trade rumors too, but there's little doubt that he will be a fantasy asset once he ascends to the majors for good.
Profar took a big leap forward in 2011, showing much more power than in his professional debut the year prior, as he racked up 37 doubles, eight triples and 12 homers in 420 at-bats at Low-A Hickory as an 18-year-old. Mix in tremendous plate discipline (65:63 BB:K) considering his age, and there's something potentially really special here. He gets praise for his defense at shortstop, and there's no large platoon splits for him from either side of the plate (.852 OPS against lefties, .897 against righties). The only knock on him entering the year was some scouts wondered if they were already looking at the finished product; Profar's big leap forward in the power department should quiet that talk. This could be baseball's next great shortstop.
Profar made his professional debut at short-season Spokane as a 17-year-old and showed advanced skills for a young player against some college-aged competition. His overall .250/.323/.373 line doesn't jump off the page, but he managed 28 walks and 23 extra-base hits (including four home runs) in 252 at-bats and was also successful in 8-of-11 stolen base attempts. He's still several years away, but there's already talk that he could force Elvis Andrus off of shortstop once he's ready. A switch-hitter, he hit .258/.335/.389 against right-handed pitching and hit well overall in August (.284/.354/.477 in 88 at-bats) showing that he's capable of making adjustments against advanced pitching.
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Dealt to Oakland
SSOakland Athletics
December 21, 2018
Profar has been traded from the Rangers to the A's for an unspecified package as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Rays, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Could replace Beltre at third base
SSTexas Rangers
November 20, 2018
General manager Jon Daniels said Profar is the likely candidate to step in as the Rangers' everyday third baseman in 2019, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Resting in season finale
SSTexas Rangers
September 30, 2018
Profar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Reaches 20 homers
SSTexas Rangers
September 27, 2018
Profar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Angels.
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Records 19th homer
SSTexas Rangers
September 24, 2018
Profar went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run Monday against the Athletics.
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