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11 Baseball Players Ready To Explode In 2014


2. Jurickson Profar, IF, Rangers

Although his 2013 debut didn’t go quite as well as some expected, Profar remains a big-time prospect for the Rangers.

With the trade of Ian Kinsler to the Tigers, Profar seems a sure bet for the 2B job coming out of spring. If his bat comes along as expected, Profar could be on his way to stardom.

Profar participated in both the 2004 and 2005 Little League World Series, playing for the Pabao Little League team from Willemstad, Curaçao.

He helped them immensely to beat the Conejo Valley East Little League team from Thousand Oaks, California and to win the championship in 2004.

Profar tried to repeat the same success next year and he did led them to the championship game again in 2005, but this time his team lost to West Oahu Little League from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

His professional career started on July 2, 2009 when he singed with the Texas Rangers.

The reason why he chose Texas Rangers and not other teams who were also looking to sign him is pretty simple: he was allowed to play his favorite shortstop position in the Rangers.

The rest of the teams wanted him as a pitcher, but he refused their offer hitting .250 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in in 63 games (2010 season).

Here’s an interesting fact about Profar: his younger brother, Juremi was signed by the Rangers in 2012.

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