Jurickson Barthelomeus Profar was originally signed by Texas scouts Chu Halabi, Jose Luis Felomina and Mike Daly…led Curaçao to the Little League World Series title in 2004 and back to the title game in 2005…rated as the 15th-best international free agent in 2009 by Baseball America… also drew interest from clubs as a pitcher
Had career highs in nearly every offensive category as he batted .254 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI in 146 games…added 35 doubles and was a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases…was one of just five players in the American League to post minimums of 35 doubles, 20 home runs, 75 RBI and 10 stolen bases (Betts, Bregman, Lindor, Ramirez)…tied for sixth in the AL in hit by pitches (12), tied for eighth in triples (6) and tied for ninth in game winning RBI (13)…recorded just the 13th 20-homer season ever by a Texas switch-hitter, the first since Milton Bradley in 2008…compiled a .269/.346/.449/.795 slash line batting right-handed after entering the season with a .503 career OPS vs. left-handed pitchers…was 7-for-14 (.500) with a walk with a runner on third on less than two outs…started games at every spot in the order except ninth…had five home runs in 11 starts in the clean-up spot…started games at five different positions, including 61 at shortstop, 46 at third base, 20 at first base, nine at second base and one at designated hitter…led the majors with 25 errors (13 at shortstop, 11 at third base, one at second base)…had the most errors by a Ranger since 2009 when Elvis Andrus also had 25…had a .978 fielding percentage as a second baseman and has a .975 career percentage at second base compared to .920 at third base and .953 at shortstop…was the fifth player ever to appear in 10 or more games at first base, second base, third base and shortstop and hit 20 home runs.
TEXAS: Was 4-for-24 (.167) over his first 10 games, but then batted .253/.309/.484/.793 over his next 56 contests as he became the club's everyday shortstop from April 13-June 17 with Elvis Andrus on the disabled list…had his first career two-homer game and also drove in a career-high five runs June 6 vs. Oakland…was hit by a pitch three times twice in a 15-day span on June 9 vs. Houston and June 20 at Minnesota to set the Rangers single-game club record and tie the single-game Major League record…according to baseball-reference.com, the only other player since 1908 with multiple games of three or more hit by pitches in a season was Reed Johnson for 2006 Blue Jays (also two games)…hit .281/.380/.472/.853 over a 56-game stretch from June 18 to Sept. 2 to raise his average to a season-high .260…capped that stretch by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run Sept. 2 vs. Minnesota…the hits and three extra base hits were career highs and he matched his best with three runs scored…then hit .221 over his final 24 games…hit six home runs in September, which tied for 10th in the AL and was the most in any month in his career
Was a member of the Rangers' Opening Day roster and had 3 stints with Texas (Opening Day-4/29, 6/9-15, 7/5-7)…batted .172/.294/.207/.501 in 22 G after going 5-for-10 in last 3 G with Rangers…final game was 7/7 vs. LAA…lowest SLG of any nonpitcher/catcher in MLB last season (min. 70 PA's)…spent balance of season with Round Rock (AAA), batting .287/.383/.428/.811 (94-327) in 87 G while playing almost exclusively at shortstop…his 11.61 PA/SO ratio was 4th-best in PCL…team-high 25 doubles, and had more BB (43) than SO (33)…from 6/1-end of season at Triple-A, batted .298 (65-218) in final 59 G…batted .386 (34-88) against left-handed pitching…had a pair of 4-RBI games: 5/22 vs. Salt Lake and 7/29 vs. El Paso…played for Team Netherlands in 2017 World Baseball Classic, and was not selected to All-Tournament Team despite batting .464 (13-28) with a 1.266 OPS.
Profar returned to the majors for the 1st time since 2013 and batted .239 (65-272) in a career-high 90 games with the Rangers…was one of just 2 major league players to start at least 5 games at 5 different positions, along with HOU's Marwin Gonzalez…had starts in 8 of 9 spots in the batting order
Profar spent the entire 2015 season on the 60-day disabled list following right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum on Feb. 23, 2015 performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of Arlington… officially placed on 60-day DL the following day…spent the year rehabbing and then combined to hit .256 (11-43) on a 12-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Hickory (Class A) and Frisco (Class AA) in August and September, appearing exclusively as the DH…hit safely in 9 of 12 games…was with Hickory from Aug. 27-Sept. 4, batting .273 (9-33) with a HR and 5 RBI…played 3 G with Frisco from Sept. 5-7, going 2-for-10 with a 2B and RBI…had a .267 (20-91) average with 2 HR and 20 RBI over 20 G for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League from Oct. 22-Nov. 10…his 20 RBI ranked third in the circuit… also led AFL with four sac flies and ranked second with 9.10 PA/SO.
Was on the Texas disabled list the entire season with a torn teres major muscle in his right shoulder...issues with his shoulder began during a spring weightlifting session, then he suffered the original torn muscle during a spring training game on 3/21 vs. MIL in Surprise...after resting the injury for several weeks, he began to bat in extended spring training games in Arizona, but reinjured the shoulder in late May and was shut down for another extended period...a late-season plan to play in the Arizona Fall League was scrapped when issues with the muscle continued, leading to September visits with sports medicine specialists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache...his last regular season game was with Texas on 9/27/13 vs. LAA.
Started last season in Round Rock, but was recalled from Triple-A on May 19 when Ian Kinsler went on the disabled list…subbed as the club's regular second baseman for a month while Ian Kinsler was on the disabled list before finishing the season in a utility role…had starts at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and as designated hitter… batted .234 (67-286) in his rookie campaign with a .308 on-base pct. and .336 slugging mark…ranked among A.L. rookie leaders in walks (5th, 26) and on-base pct. (8th, .308)…was 3rd on club with 6 sac bunts…started in 6 different spots in the batting order (1-2-6-7-8-9) … 2-for-6 in steal attempts…after the season, hit .284 (25-88) with one HR and 5 RBI in 25 games with Licey in Dominican Winter League, drawing 24 walks against 10 strikeouts.
Spent the bulk of the season with Frisco (AA), but was called up to Texas for the season's final month...saw limited playing time with Texas in September, but made enough of an impression to land on the club's postseason roster and appear in the A.L. Wild Card Game...was named the top hitting prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in the publication's mid-season prospect rankings...batted .158 (6-38) with one double, one home run, 4 RBI, and 8 runs scored in 15 games with Licey in the Dominican Winter League before his season was cut short by right forearm soreness.TEXAS: Had contract purchased from Double-A Frisco on August 31 and joined the club the following day in Cleveland...batted .176 (3-17) with 2 runs, a home run, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI in 9 games...each of his 3 career hits in the regular season have gone for extra bases...had 4 total starts, 2 each at second and shortstop...had no errors in 11 total chances...struck out in only pinch appearance...debuted on Sept. 2 at Cleveland with start at second base, a late addition to the lineup after Ian Kinsler was scratched with lower back stiffness...went 2-for-4 with a HR and double in his ML debut that day (see below)...struck out as pinch-hitter on Sept. 7 at TB, but in 2nd career start (3rd game) on Sept. 8 at TB, went 1-for-4 with a tie-breaking RBI double in the 10th inning of Rangers' 4-2 victory...according to baseball-reference.com, he was the only teenager since at least 1918 to have multiple games with both an extra-base hit and RBI in his first 3 career contests...was 3-for-9 in his first 3 games/2 starts, but went 0-for-8 in final 6 contests/2 starts.DANDY DEBUT: Homered in his first career plate appearance (4th pitch) against Indians starter Zach McAllister on Sept. 2 at CLE...was just the 3rd teenager to hit a HR in his first career major league (since 1876) at-bat, the 2nd-youngest to do it, and youngest in the A.L...was first Rangers player to homer in his first career AB, 3rd in Washington/Texas franchise history: last Brant Alyea for Washington vs. California on 9/12/65 at D.C. Stadium (later RFK)...with a double in his next at-bat became first teenager with 2 extra-base hits in his first ML game since White Sox' Johnny Callison on 9/9/58 vs. BOS at old Comiskey Park...was the youngest player to hit a home run and a double in a game since fellow Curaçao native and former Ranger Andruw Jones (19.126) on Aug. 27, 1996 for Braves at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium...Profar was the first teenage switch-hitter to homer in the majors since the Cardinals' Dick Schofield on Aug. 26, 1953 at New York-NL (18.231)...the previous teenage switch-hitter to homer in the A.L.: Mickey Mantle on Sept. 19, 1951 vs. CWS (19.334).CAN'T FIGHT THE YOUTH: Was the first player born in 1993 ever to appear in the majors (19 years, 195 days old) and the youngest position player in club history...only younger players in Rangers history were both pitchers: David Clyde (18.066) and Wilson Alvarez (19.122)...was first teenager to appear for Rangers since Ivan Rodriguez, who was 19.309 for the 1991 season finale. POSTSEASON: Named to Rangers' roster for the 2012 American League Wild Card Game, he hit a pinch single to left field to load the bases with 2 outs in the 9th inning on the first pitch he saw in his postseason career...he became just the 6th teenager with a postseason hit, the first since Andruw Jones for Atlanta in 1996...also became the 8th-youngest player ever to appear in the postseason, youngest since Jones in '96.FRISCO: Batted .281 (135-480) with 26 doubles, 7 triples, 14 HR, 62 RBI, 76 runs, and 16 stolen bases in 126 games with the RoughRiders...selected to Baseball America's Minor League All-Star Team for the 2nd straight year, joining Lyle Overbay (1B, 2001-02), Delmon Young (OF, 2004-05), Howie Kendrick (2B, 2005-06), Jay Bruce (OF, 2006-07), Jason Heyward (OF, 2008-09), and Mike Trout (OF, 2010-11) as the only other position players to be selected in back-to-back years at the same position since 2000...named the Texas League's best defensive shortstop in the same publication's annual tools survey...named to the Texas League Postseason All-Star Team...was the youngest player in the Texas League by nearly 7 months and the youngest Double-A player overall...ranked among the Texas League leaders in triples (T4th, 7), total bases (6th, 217), walks (T7th, 66), hits (T7th, 135), runs (8th, 76), SLG (10th, .452), doubles (T11th, 26), and RBI (12th, 62)...his 47 extra-base hits led all Double-A middle infielders...appeared defensively in 95 games as short, 25 games at second, and once at third...opened the season 2-for-26 (.077) with a home run and RBI before batting .328 (20-61) with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HR, and 9 RBI over the final 10 games of April...hit safely in 29 straight April 19-May 19 at .328 (40-122)...selected as the Texas League Topps Player of the Month in May, leading the league in runs (21), extra-base hits (14) and doubles (9) and tying for the lead in total bases (59)...reached base in all 28 games he played during the month...compiled a 50-game on-base streak April 7-June 2, the longest of any minor leaguer in 2012...was the starting shortstop for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star Game, going 0-for-2...tallied a career-high 5 hits on Aug. 22 at San Antonio...did not start any of his final 3 games with the RoughRiders, going 1-for-2 with 2 walks as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.FUTURES GAME: Has appeared in each of the last 2 Futures Games for the World Team...on July 8, 2012 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, started at short and homered in first at-bat off Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi...had a single in his next atbat against Seattle prospect Danny Hultzen in U.S. team's 17-5 victory...on July 10, 2011 at Arizona's Chase Field, became 6th-youngest position player ever selected to the game (18)...had a RBI triple in first AB off Minnesota prospect Kyle Gibson.
Spent the entire campaign with Low-A Hickory as one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League throughout the season...honored as the organization's Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year...tabbed the South Atlantic League's MostValuable Player and Baseball America's Low Class A Player of the Year...named by the same publication as the shortstop on its First Team Minor League All-Star team...was voted as the best defensive shortstop and best infield arm by Baseball America, while also tabbed as the 3rd-best prospect in the SAL...ranked among the league leaders in doubles (T2nd, 37), triples (T3rd, 8), OBP (6th, .390), OPS (7th, .883), and walks (T7th, 65)...compiled an .883 OPS, 2nd-highest by any middle infielder in Class A and 25th overall...hit .294 (86-293) with 37 extra-base hits (24 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR) against right-handed pitching and .270 (37-137) with 20 extra-base hits (13 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR) versus southpaws...spent majority of campaign as Crawdads leadoff batter, hitting .291 (104-357) over 94 games in that role...selected to the World Team roster for the Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10 as the 6th youngest position player ever selected to the game...had a RBI triple in first at-bat off Minnesota prospect Kyle Gibson...earned Rangers Minor League Player of the Month honors for May, batting .289 (26-90), posting a .920 OPS, and reaching base safely in 21 of 25 games during the month...hit .302 (67-222) with 6 home runs and 39 RBI following the All-Star break, including .330 (31-94) with 10 doubles, 2 home runs, and 17 RBI in July.
Spent first professional season with Spokane...tied for the 2nd-most doubles in the Northwest League...batted .258 (51-198) against right-handers and .222 (12-54) vs. lefties...hit .330 (36-109) in the sixth inning and later and .188 (27-143) in the first 5 innings...was 8-for-11 in stolen base attempts...hit safely in 9 of first 10 games with the Indians, batting .302 (13-43)...hit .229 (25-109) over next 26 games to lower season average from .302 to .250...collected season-high 4 hits on July 24 vs. Tri-City...hit safely in a season-high 8 games from August 18-27, batting .433 (13-30) with one home run and 5 RBI, raising season average from .231 to .258...batted .284 (25-88) with 3 home runs and 12 RBI over 23 games in August...batted .143 (2-14) with a team-high 4 RBI over 5 games in the Northwest League playoffs.
Did not see official action after signing first professional contract.