- It's hard to believe that just two summers ago wunderkind Jurickson Profar
was manning shortstop for the Spokane Indians and electrifying the crowd at Avista Stadium with highlight reel plays at the plate and in the field. Now, the 19-year-old phenom is shining on baseball's biggest stage after joining the Texas Rangers for the season's final month.
"There was no doubt in my mind that Jurickson would be a Ranger one day, but I don't think anyone expected to happen this quickly," said Indians manager Tim Hulett. "In all my years in this sport, I've never seen another player with his combination of talent and drive; he's going to be a very special player for a long time."
Profar becomes the 33rd former Indian since 2003 to make the Major Leagues and the second member of the 2010 squad to make the leap, joining teammate Mike Olt on the Rangers roster. At just 19-years-old, Profar is currently the youngest player in the majors and the third youngest player in Rangers history.
Despite his age and limited exposure to high-level pitching, Profar looked right at home in his big league debut against the Cleveland Indians yesterday, drilling a home run in his first at-bat and doubling in his second. The talented switch-hitter became the second youngest player in baseball history to homer in his first plate appearance.
"I guess it's a pretty big thing," said Profar following his debut. "I was just a little bit nervous, but I'm with a lot of great players, so I just went out and played."
The Rangers (80-54) continue a four-game series against Kansas City tomorrow as they look to maintain their 3.5 game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
The Spokane Indians are the Short Season Class "A" affiliate for the two-time defending American League Champion Texas Rangers. Season Tickets for the 2013 season are now on sale with plans starting as low as $63. Reserve your seats today by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886). Fans can also purchase tickets at the Ticket Office at Avista Stadium during regular business hours or anytime by visiting spokaneindians.com.
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