It was quite a week for the international side of Rangers' baseball operations.
MLB made its ruling in the signing of outfielder Jairo Beras, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando stopped by the Rangers Dominican Academy to throw bullpen sessions during the All-Star break, and Jurickson Profar might have played in his last Futures Game.
Mike Daly, who is the Rangers' director of international scouting, was a guest on Rangers Magazine (ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM) on Sunday, and he discussed the aforementioned topics. He also was one of the Rangers' baseball operations staff members in Kansas City for the Futures Game last Sunday to watch Profar and Mike Olt.
“After (batting practice), Jayce Tingler and I talked to Jurickson and said, ‘Hey man, no home runs there in BP! What happened? No power?’” Daly said sarcastically. Tingler is the Rangers' minor league field coordinator.
Daly said that Profar responded by saying, “I’m a game player.”
Sure enough, the Curacao native hit a home run in the first at-bat of his second Futures Game.
“He loves the stage. He loves the lights. Loves the pressure. He embraces it,” said Daly, one of the recommending scouts when the Rangers signed Profar on July 2, 2009. “Although, he did tell me this was his last Futures Game.”
That’s when it sounds like the joking turns to a serious tone. In order for Profar to not play in the Futures Game next season, there would have to be a position re-location for a current Rangers middle infielder, or Ron Washington would manage to find time for Profar as a utility player, or Profar would get traded.
The 19-year-old has primarily played shortstop this season, but he has also received playing time at second base and even third base. The switch-hitter enters Monday’s game with Double-A Frisco batting .294 with seven triples, 10 stolen bases, 10 home runs, 19 doubles, 43 walks, 43 RBIs, 54 strikeouts, 55 runs scored and 98 hits in 85 games. He has a .372 on-base percentage.
This is Daly’s sixth season scouting for the Rangers, and he has been in his current role since 2009. Daly reviewed the Beras signing, discussed the impact of the visit by Feliz and Ogando, described life at the Dominican academy in Boca Chica and talked more about Profar. Listen to the podcast.