Right now Michael Young is the Rangers backup middle infielder but they have even worked out Mike Olt at shortstop to be ready in case of emergency. Manager Ron Washington said he wants another middle infielder.
“I’ve got the outfield covered,” Washington said. “I’ve got first base and third base covered. I need second base and shortstop covered. We have Michael but we need more than just Michael.”
The Rangers have been playing a man short on the bench, running with just three extra bats for most of the past week. When they return from their current road trip on Monday, the plan is to reset their roster to get back to a 12-man staff and four-man bench. It is then that the 19-year-old Profar could be on his way to Arlington.
It sounds to me like nothing more than bench role would be waiting for Profar in the Show. The Rangers already push Mike Olt to the big leagues only to struggle to find him regular at bats. Unless Ron Washington is willing to sacrifice Michael Young‘s spot in the order to get more work for the young and prized players like Olt and Profar, it seems like they would only be wasting on the bench instead of getting valuable developmental time in the minor leagues.
Like Olt, Profar is an exciting young player and the ceiling for him is sky high, but there is no need to stunt his development just so he can ride the pine for the Rangers.
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