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Top prospect Profar thriving at Double-A level

Top prospect Profar thriving at Double-A level

Top prospect Profar thriving at Double-A level
FRISCO, Texas -- The Frisco RoughRiders, the Rangers' Double-A team, have played 42 games this season. Infielder Jurickson Profar has hit safely in each of the last 29.

Profar, 19, doubled in his first at-bat in the first inning of Saturday's 13-0 win over the Missions to extend the streak. He entered Saturday batting .325 with 15 RBIs, 17 extra-base hits and 20 runs scored during the streak. Profar, ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in the Rangers' organization, is playing his first year of Double-A ball and has reached base in 38 consecutive games.

"In the beginning of the season, the game was a little fast for me. I had to slow it down a little bit," Profar said. "There was adjustments I had to make to slow the game down."

The second-best shortstop prospect and No. 6 overall prospect, according to MLB.com, Profar is batting .296 with four home runs and 19 RBIs this year. He's stolen seven bases with about being caught yet.

"He still has a lot of work to do and a lot of things to learn," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "The biggest question we ask when we challenge a guy at a new level is if he can handle failure. I wouldn't say he experienced true failure, but there was an adjustment period there early on.

"I think a combination of his talent and ability, he's obviously hot at [29] games. The clock he has, the feel for the game, the instincts, all the little things that usually come with experience. Certain guys have it at a different stage. [Alexi] Ogando has it. That's been encouraging. He still has a lot of work to do and a lot of things to learn."

Profar was signed as an amateur free agent out of Curacao in 2009. He was at Class A Hickory last season and was the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Year as well as the South Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player.

"I think there's two traits to him that stand out to me the most," Frisco manager Steve Buechele said. "One, he's not afraid to fail. And secondly, and most importantly, he's not afraid to be great. That's a rare trait to find. There's a lot of players that don't want to be great. They want to be good. And he wants to be great."

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