Michael Young praises Jurickson Profar

DALLAS -- At his news conference Monday, Michael Young thanked his coaches, teammates and fans and talked about moving on to Philadelphia. And he was asked about his thoughts on prospect Jurickson Profar, who is likely to play every day in 2013 (and was one reason Young's at-bats were going to drop if he stayed).

Young was quick to praise the teenager, saying he can't wait to see him progress into a great player.

"He’s a really good kid," Young said. "He’s always got a smile on his face and in that sense he’s got a lot of Elvis (Andrus) in him, which is a good thing. I think offensively, he’s going to be really, really good. He’s got a chance to really hit. He’s got a good approach."

Young said he was going to play second base the day that Profar made his debut (because Ian Kinsler's back was bugging him a bit) in Cleveland on Sept. 2.

Young said he told manager Ron Washington: "Listen, the kid's here. Run him out there. I'll DH."

Jackie Moore went to tell Profar that he was in the lineup.

"He put some shoes on and sprinted to the video room to watch the starting pitcher," Young said. "I was like, 'All right. This is my kind of teammate right here.' That's pretty impressive for a 19-year-old kid. Obviously, he's got a very bright future. It's something all of us are going to get a chance to enjoy. I'm going to have a lot of fun watching him."

Profar ended up hitting a homer in his first at-bat and had a double in the game. He was just the third teenager in MLB history to homer in his first big-league at-bat.