Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday that 20-year-old infielder Jurickson Profar is in a bad situation not playing every day in the minor leagues, but baseball's top prospect entering the season is making the most of things on the major league level.
"He's in a bad, bad, bad situation for a young kid having to be a utility guy so young," Washington said during his weekly appearance on Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "These are the kind of guys you want down in the minor leagues constantly getting at-bats and learning the game. He's learning it on the job and he's doing an excellent job of doing it.
"Once again, it all goes back to his teammates that are helping him and keeping him in a relaxed state. Whatever he gives us, we're willing to accept. We believe he will give us something, whether it's on the basepaths or with his defense or whether he goes up there as a young kid and gets a base hit. We just have to continue to watch him grow, and he will do that."
Profar is batting .239 with a .313 on-base percentage, four home runs and 21 RBIs. He has nine hits in his last 49 at-bats.
The Rangers are happy with Profar's defense and the good work he's done filling in at second base, shortstop and third base -- giving Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre a break from the field.
Washington said there are no raised expectations for Profar now that he's spent three-plus months this season in the big leagues.
"I don't expect any more than what he's giving us right now," Washington said. "We have guys on this team that can pick up the heavy part of things, and I want them to continue to do that and I want Profar to enjoy himself and learn and let his ability continue to surface."
Profar will benefit from being around major league players, even if he's better served in the minors, Washington said.
"He will be a better player next year regardless for the experience that he's getting at the major league level," Washington said. "In a perfect world, you want a young kid like that to maybe get his experience in the minor leagues, but in our situation he has to get it up here.
"He's around a lot of good people. His knowledge has been just been expedited more quickly than we would have liked. We would have liked it at a pace he could handle. But I'll tell you what, he's starting to get it up here pretty good."