Aug 19, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; Frisco Roughriders shortstop Jurickson Profar (10) before the game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Roughriders beat the Naturals 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Yesterday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks planned to deal with the recent departure of shortstop Stephen Drew by making the acquisition of a shortstop their primary focus this offseason.
With little of value available at the position on the impending free agent market, D'Backs general manager Kenny Towers believes the club will likely find their answer at shortstop via a trade. Tops among the potential trade targets are the Texas Rangers, who not only already have a young above-average shortstop in Elvis Andrus, but also have the number one position prospect in baseball, 19-year-old Jurickson Profar, also ready to take on the position any day.
With both third baseman Adrian Beltre and second baseman Ian Kinsler locked up for the near future, the prospect of moving either Andrus or Profar around the infield to make room for both players is impractical and unlikely. More likely is that the Rangers brass will have to make a choice between the two young shortstops and trade the other for untold riches.
So, in whom do the Rangers invest their future: the proven Andrus, who combines stellar defense with decent contact and on-base skills, or the high-ceiling Profar, who adds power to Andrus' skill-set and for at least one scout is "simply the best all-around player in the minors"?
What do you think? Let us know what you'd do in Jon Daniels' shoes in the comments.
When the time comes, who should the Rangers keep at shortstop?
Elvis Andrus (121 votes)
Jurickson Profar (139 votes)
260 total votes