Rangers' Top Prospect, Jurickson Profar, Injured and Done With Winter Ball This Season

Jurickson Profar got a taste of the Majors last season.  He debuted with the Texas Rangers on September 2nd.  He played in nine Major League games, but it's not certain he will start next season with the Major League club.  He is the team's top prospect, but they want to see some more development.  That is part of the reason Profar was playing in the Dominican Winter League.  Unfortunately, Profar has developed forearm soreness and will be shut down for the winter.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Profar has forearm inflammation and will be shut down for precautionary reasons.  Profar is slated to play a major role for the Rangers in 2013, whether that be right out of the gate or down the line, and the team does not want to risk further injury with him.  Fortunately, the injury does not seem severe.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirmed this last night.

Profar hit just .176 when he game up with the Rangers during roster expansion last season, but he hit far better in the minors.  In 126 games at Double-A, the 19-year old hit .281/.368/.452.  He was the seventh-best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America coming into the 2012 season.

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