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Friday, December 21, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: JURICKSON PROFAR ON THE MOVE TO OAKLAND

The story of Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar and his MLB comeback after years of endless injuries/surgeries was one that should have gotten more ink than it did.  The number 1 consensus prospect a number of years ago based on five-tool potential Profar was nothing but a rumor from 2014-17 as he couldn't stay healthy and then struggled badly when given a chance by the Rangers.  Alas, 2018 finally brought the health planets in alignment as he accumulated 594 at-bats and put up the following numbers while playing all over the diamond as one of the most versatile players in all of fantasy baseball:

.254
20 HR
77 RBI
82 R
10 SB
14.8 K/9
9.1 BB/9
.269 BABIP

Looking at the numbers above, the 20/10 split in homers/steals brought back memories from the power/speed chatter that encircled Profar when he was first coming up the minor league ladder and he also was a nice contributor in runs and RBI as well.  While the .254 average was ugly, Profar's .269 BABIP helped unfairly drag that number down a bit.  So in essence, Profar should have hit for a higher average to go with the nice contributors in the other four categories.  The only obvious negative is the fact Profar will be moving from one of the very best hitting parks in the majors to one of the worst in Oakland but that is as far as the bad news goes.  In addition, the arrival of Profar in Oakland signals the end of Jed Lowrie's tenure there and also could push prospect Franklyn Barreto back to the farm.  Be that as it may, Profar should be a guy you target in the middle rounds to help all over the field when needed and who retain some nice upside.  


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