Jurickson Profar
Jurickson Profar
26-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
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$Signed a one-year, $3.6 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
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SSOakland Athletics
August 14, 2019
Profar, who is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Giants, has been told he will see a reduced role over the rest of the season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Corban Joseph is expected to start at second base against righties down the stretch while Chad Pinder will compete with Profar for starts against lefties. Jorge Mateo (ankle) and Franklin Barreto could also enter the mix when rosters expand in September. In addition to having the throwing yips in the field, Profar is hitting just .205/.268/.382 in 395 plate appearances.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
Since 2017vs Left .786 279 34 5 35 5 .279 .348 .438
Since 2017vs Right .698 780 101 30 98 13 .212 .293 .405
2019vs Left .771 85 13 1 13 2 .304 .353 .418
2019vs Right .618 310 32 14 38 5 .177 .245 .372
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
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .752 540 68 20 77 10 .233 .308 .444
Since 2017Away .688 519 67 15 56 8 .227 .307 .381
2019Home .622 209 21 9 26 3 .194 .239 .383
2019Away .683 186 24 6 25 4 .218 .301 .382
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
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How does Jurickson Profar compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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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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Sitting again Wednesday
SSOakland Athletics
August 14, 2019
Profar is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Giants.
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Riding pine Tuesday
SSOakland Athletics
August 13, 2019
Profar isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.
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Day off Tuesday
SSOakland Athletics
August 6, 2019
Profar is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.
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Successful as in-game replacement
SSOakland Athletics
August 1, 2019
Profar entered Wednesday's loss to the Brewers as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning and went 2-for-2 with an RBI double.
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Takes seat Wednesday
SSOakland Athletics
July 31, 2019
Profar is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
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