Profar's career night rallies 'Riders

Rangers' top prospect busts out of slump with five hits

By Robert Emrich / Special to | August 22, 2012 8:33 PM ET

Jurickson Profar has been so good this year that when he slumps, even briefly, it's noticeable. It's even more noticeable when he busts out.

The Rangers' top prospect collected a career-high five hits and scored twice Wednesday as Double-A Frisco rallied past San Antonio, 9-7, for its eighth straight win.

Profar had been mired in a 1-for-16 slump. He quickly ended that funk with a ground-rule double in the first inning. After singling in the third and grounding out in the fifth, he singled in each of his next three at-bats.

In the ninth, his base hit preceded Jared Hoying's go-ahead two-run double as the RoughRiders overcame a 7-1 deficit.

"[I'm] very happy with myself," Profar said. "The team did a great job, we had baserunners in every inning. It helps me to see my teammates get it done, it was a great win for the team."

The 19-year-old shortstop pushed his batting average up to .285 to go with 14 homers and 62 RBIs in 118 games. While he's slowed a bit in the second half, totaling 48 hits in 45 games since the All-Star break, he's managed to establish career highs in hits (131) and homers.

"Something I've been doing the whole year [is] just go out there and try and have a good at-bat," said's No. 4 overall prospect. "Maybe try and hit a ball hard and don't worry about the results. And it worked tonight."

Still, no player wants to end his season on a down note. So Profar has been battling to emerge from his slump.

"I've been working hard every day to try to finish strong," he said. "Just something I've been doing, trying to see the ball better and early and go put a good swing on the ball."

Hoying finished 4-for-5 and tied a career high with five RBIs, something called Profar called "very important" to the RoughRiders' comeback. Engel Beltre, the Rangers' No. 18 prospect, chipped in three hits and scored three times out of the leadoff spot as Frisco registered a season-high 20 hits.

Miguel De Los Santos improved to 3-2 after tossing two innings of scoreless relief. Wilmer Font walked one and fanned three in the ninth to earn his first professional save.

Cody Decker hit a three-run homer, his 23rd, for the Missions.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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