Texas Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan said Monday afternoon on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Galloway & Company that the club has discussed shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar as one of the bench options when the team decides to go back to a four-man bench. Right now, the Rangers are carrying 13 pitchers and have three on the bench.
"There has been some discussion about that," Ryan said. "Will he be a September call up, will he be prior to that? I couldn't say, but do I think at some point in time he'll be here this year? I would say there's a reasonable chance of that happening."
Profar, 19, is batting .283 with 13 homers, 25 doubles and 60 RBIs in 110 games for Double-A Frisco. He has 69 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts. Profar has an .825 OPS.
The club outrighted Alberto Gonzalez to make room for Mark Lowe prior to the three-game series at home against Detroit. Gonzalez is headed to Triple-A Round Rock and the team felt the pitching staff needed more help right now. But manager Ron Washington said this weekend that was only temporary and he wants another infielder off the bench. Currently, Michael Young is backing up at the infield positions.
Ryan said he expects Profar to be on the club at some point and if that's not before September, he's certainly a strong candidate to be called up when rosters expand on Sept. 1.