TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Rangers infielder Leury Garcia was told he was on the Opening Day roster, Jurickson Profar was among the first to congratulate him. He did so even though Profar was the one who was told he was being sent to Triple-A Round Rock.
Garcia will be the Rangers' utility infielder and Profar, the No. 1 overall prospect in MLB.com's Top 100, will play shortstop every day at Round Rock.
"It's good for me," Profar said. "I can play every day and get better. I'm going to be facing a lot of veteran pitchers so I'm going to get better."
Garcia is a switch-hitter who can play shortstop, second base and center field. He also gives the Rangers speed off the bench. The problem is he is not going to get much playing time. Elvis Andrus had 610 of 645 at-bats by a Rangers shortstop in 2012, while Ian Kinsler had 601 of 676 at-bats by their second basemen.
"I have never been in this situation but I'll be ready," Garcia said. "I have to keep working and be ready to play. You never know when you're going to get your chance so you have to be ready to play when they want you. They gave me this opportunity, now I have to take advantage of it."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less