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Jurickson Profar (INF, TEX)
The Rangers promoted the 20-year-old phenom from Triple-A after placing Ian Kinsler on the disabled list. Profar got off to a slow start in ’13 (.231 BA in April), but has started to pick up the pace in May (.333 BA). He has seen most of his action at SS but has also played 2B, the position he’ll man until Kinsler returns. Profar is extremely advanced for his age and reached the majors in ’12 when he hit .176 in 17 AB. He has an abundance of skills and talents and he should be a perennial All-Star once he gets more experience. He stands out defensively where his excellent range and very strong arm are exemplary assets. Profar is a natural defender with quick hands and smooth, athletic actions. He is a switch-hitter with incredible bat speed, control, and pitch recognition. He has surprising pop despite his lean physique and should be able to develop 20+ HR power down the road. He has a keen understanding of the strike zone and is able and willing to draw walks. Profar has a bit of swing-and-miss to his game currently but that should improve with time. While he has above average speed, he hasn’t busted out in the SB department. Profar has the overall game and intelligence to become a superstar. Once he irons out some of the wrinkles, he’ll be in the big leagues for good.
STATS: Round Rock (AAA) – 144 AB, .278/.370/.438, 7 2b, 4 HR
CURRENT ROLE: Will get regular starts at 2B until Ian Kinsler returns
POTENTIAL: All-Star shortstop
Jake Odorizzi (RHP, TAM)
To replace David Price in the rotation, the Rays will promote the 23-year-old Odorizzi from Triple-A and he’ll make the start on Monday, May 20. He was acquired from the Royals in a blockbuster trade in December ’12 and will be expected to stick in the majors until Price returns. He started two games with Kansas City in ’12 and posted a 4.91 ERA. Odorizzi is tall and athletic and locates his 88-94 mph fastball effectively and can cut and sink it early in the count to get ahead. He can sometimes be guilty of overthrowing and elevate his heater which has resulted in flyballs and HR. He can be inefficient with gunning for Ks as opposed to pitching to contact. He is among the more athletic pitchers in the minors and uses it to repeat his delivery consistently. He uses two breaking balls—a hard slider and curveball—and has improved them to the point where both can get swings and misses. His change-up has also shown incremental improvement. Odorizzi may lack a big league out pitch, but he rarely beats himself and uses all four pitches effectively. He has a career 3.53 ERA in the minors.
STATS: Durham (AAA) – 8 gs, 4-0 3.83 ERA, 44.2 IP, 7 HR, .213 oppBA
CURRENT ROLE: Starter – in place of David Price
POTENTIAL: #3 starter