Profar's on-base streak reaches 50

Rangers top prospect gets infield hit in seventh, walks in ninth

By Robert Emrich / Special to | June 2, 2012 8:24 PM ET

The last time Jurickson Profar didn't find a way to get on base, neither Hideki Matsui nor Roy Oswalt had a Major League team.'s No. 5 overall prospect singled and walked to extend his on-base streak to 50 games Saturday before the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders dropped a 10-5, 10-inning decision to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Hitless in his first three plate appearances, Profar grounded a ball to first base and beat Mario Lisson to the bag. With Frisco trailing in the ninth, 5-3, he drew a one-out walk and scored on Mike Olt's game-tying homer.

Profar was last kept off the bases on April 6, when he went 0-for-4 against Springfield. During the streak, the 19-year-old shortstop has reached base at least twice in a game 26 times and is batting .302 (61-for-202) with 24 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

The reigning South Atlantic League MVP, Profar has displayed the skills that have made him such a highly regarded prospect. He ranks second in the Texas League in runs scored, is tied for fifth with 103 total bases and leads the circuit's shortstops with a .854 OPS.

Overall, he's hitting .292 with six homers, 24 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 52 games.

Olt continued his assault against Northwest Arkansas pitching, going yard twice for the second straight night. The Rangers' No. 3 prospect leads the league with 15 homers and has driven in 17 runs in his last nine games.

Julio Rodriguez put the Naturals in front for good with a two-run single in the 10th and Paulo Orlando followed with a three-run homer.

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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