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Columnist: Jurickson Profar is 'overrated'

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09:38 AM ET 06.22 | When it's Jurickson Profar, there are two pertinent questions: How good is he? How good will he be? When it's the Texas Rangers, the same two questions now apply after a rough June. For the Rangers, however, a long homestand ended Thursday afternoon, and what started as a full-blown disaster actually ended on the upbeat. With a series-finale 4-3 win over the Oakland A's, the Rangers took three out of four in a testy AL West matchup. A year ago, Profar was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball. Number One. So said such national media outlets as Baseball America and ESPN. While such a lofty evaluation for the kid was just opinion, there didn't seem to be much disagreement around the rest of the game, and certainly not by those who work the front office in Arlington. More important, however, the then 19-year-old Profar was also regarded as the Rangers' bailout option. That's your hammer, right there. A bailout option is the most valuable commodity in the game. Need a front-line pitcher? Need a front-line hitter? Profar could fetch that in a trade, or so the thinking went. And if the Rangers had an infield need, well, Profar could also immediately solve that. Or so the thinking went. Which brings us to the current situation with the Rangers and Profar. As late June approaches, and as the 20-year-old Profar surpassed the 100 mark this week in plate appearances for the season, and as he plays now as a lineup regular, the early verdict is what? Overrated.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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June 22, 2013  10:21 AM ET

You ran this story yesterday, morons.

June 22, 2013  10:23 AM ET

I mean, seriously, how hard is it to look at your previous articles and see if you have already run something? No wonder this site is dying. Complete incompetence from the ground up.

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June 22, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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I think the reporter is overrated.

The kid is only 20. Leave him alone, and let him play.

Calling Randy Galloway a reporter is akin to calling ARod a HOF'er...

June 22, 2013  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I mean, seriously, how hard is it to look at your previous articles and see if you have already run something? No wonder this site is dying. Complete incompetence from the ground up.

<pulls one out of Jay Carney's playbook>

"Uh, the front office did not know about the prior article...........next question:"

<wonders if the FN faithful will buy that rubbish>

June 22, 2013  11:16 AM ET

They said the same thing about Mickey Mantle when he was 20!!!

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June 22, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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Like the MSM, repetitiveness is needed. How else do they brainwash

<nods>

June 23, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Calling Randy Galloway a reporter is akin to calling ARod a HOF'er...

Randy Galloway is to reporting what Spam Casserole is to fine dining.

 
June 27, 2013  07:06 AM ET

Top prospect comes up, isn't greatest hitter of all time. Non-story. He's still a kid, stop pressuring him and let him develop naturally.

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