The Atlanta Braves are among a handful of teams considering Texas Rangers infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar in trade, sources say.
Profar seems to be available, and word is Atlanta – along with a few others — are taking a look. Profar, formerly the top prospect in the game, still is only 24. But his career was derailed twice by injuries, and he hasn’t lived up to his big billing yet. Profar is drawing scouts to Triple-A Round Rock, where he is hitting .300.
Profar was batting only .172 in his brief stays with the Rangers this year, and he lost a chance early to grab part of the left field job after spending his whole career on the infield.
He made his debut with the Rangers at 19 years old in 2012. He was 3-for-17 in 9 games. He got an extended look in 2013 and hit .234 in 286 at-bats over the course of 85 games. He hit .239 last season in 90 games with 272 at-bats. He has 10 hits in 77 at-bats this season.
The Rangers are looking for an arm, or probably arms. The Braves have Jaime Garcia in the majors, who’s drawing interest, and a lot of pitching in the minors, maybe more than anyone.
Profar has just over three years of service time.
The Braves and Rangers exchanged arms in an offseason deal this winter. The Braves sent right-handed pitcher Tyrell Jenkins and left-handed reliever Brady Feigl to Texas for right-hander Luke Jackson. Jackson is now in the Braves bullpen. Jenkins is now in the San Diego Padres organization. Feigl is in Double-A for the Rangers.