Former top prospect Jurickson Profar is expected to undergo season ending shoulder surgery. Profar missed all of the 2014 season after having arm and shoulder problems. Profar was believed to have the option of having this surgery 6 months ago but decided to rehab the shoulder instead of the surgery that would have put him on pace to be ready around Opening Day.
The Rangers signed Profar on July 2, 2009, most teams wanted Jurickson as a pitcher, but the Rangers knew he had potential at shortstop. Profar has been the Rangers top prospect for years and even was the top prospect in the MLB after the 2012 MLB season. Most remember his first major league at bat where he took Zach McAllister for a 388 foot home run. The Rangers have always been in love with his power and the potential of his bat.
After the 2013 season the Rangers traded 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for 1st baseman Prince Fielder, opening up the gap for Jurickson to play everyday as the teams starting 2nd baseman. Before this trade the Rangers had five quality options to be the future at 2nd and SS. The had the obvious Kinsler and Andrus and then they had prospects, Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor, and Luis Sardiñas. Profar was often talked about for deals for either top prospects in the outfield or players in their prime, but they decided to trade Kinsler away. Then they traded Luis Sardiñas to the Brewers this offseason and now will just have two out those five players on their active roster on Opening Day. They clearly thought that Profar was going to be able to stay healthy and take over the 2nd base job and it doesn't help much that Andrus has struggled lately.
Rangers General Manager John Daniels doesn't seem to be too worried that Profar will lose some of his arm and bat strength after this injury. "He has not forgotten his ability or how to play the game," Daniels said. "My expectation if the surgery goes well and the shoulder recovers, he'll be back and be the same player he was before the injury This statement clearly shows that the Rangers still back up Profar and still believe he has the potential to be great.
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