Scouting Prospect #7: Jurickson Profar

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #7 from that list, Jurickson Profar.

Name: Jurickson Profar
Position: Shortstop
Team: Texas Rangers
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 165
Bats/Throws: S/R

Events Scouted: MiLB Season

Physical Description

Profar is an above average athlete. He's not all that physically imposing but he's well proportioned and wiry. He'll likely add a little bulk, but I wouldn't expect much change in his highly athletic frame in the coming years.


The hit tool is the difference between Profar and just about any other player his age in the minors. His feel from both sides of the plate with the bat is nearly unparalleled and he manages the strike zone exceptionally well given his stage in development. His swings stays compact and his hands are quick enough to allow the ball to travel deep. This is a complete hitter who will be able to spray the ball all over the park at the big league level. If there's a perennial .300 hitter in the minors, it's Jurickson Profar.


The power stroke continues to progress from Profar. He projects to be a 15-20 homer threat at the big league level and he showed some good loft from the right hand side in 2011. Profar will mostly be a gap hitter, but his bat speed is so good and he's such a good mistake hitter that the home run ball will be there as well.


It's not the biggest part of his game, but Profar is a plus runner and an outstanding athlete. He looks like a 20-25 steal type threat at the next level and he already shows good savvy on the base paths. But, his speed shows up most at shortstop, where his range is clearly above average.


Profar has become far more refined in the field over the past year. We're seeing fewer mistakes and seeing his plus tools show up much more clearly. He has the above average arm for the position, as well as the range. His actions around the bag have some room for improvement, but everything else points to him being a superb defender in the majors.


Jurickson Profar is the total package. Many players have that potential, but this young shortstop already has the most difficult tool to develop. That tool is the hit tool, and he's one of the best and most advanced pure hitters in his age group that you'll ever find. He'll continue to be advanced carefully, but the 18-year-old's bat will continue to improve and flourish in the minors.

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