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Kevin Goldstein For ESPN On Rangers Shortstops

For his regular piece for ESPN Insider, Kevin Goldstein takes a look at a specific position in three different organizations. In this version one of the three is the shortstop position in the Texas Rangers organization. Goldstein takes a look at Elvis Andrus (of whom he has long been a fierce detractor), Leury Garcia, Jurickson Profar and Luis Sardinas.

Profar and Sardinas garner the majority of the attention, given their seven digit signing bonuses, but all three show promise and were ranked in Baseball America's top 15 Rangers prospects before the season. BA ranked Sardinas as the 8th best prospect in the AZL and revealed yesterday that Jurickson Profar - at age 17 - will be ranked as the top prospect in the Northwest League. 

A couple of comments from Goldstein after the jump:

Mature beyond his years, Profar has a highly advanced approach was well and the instincts and actions of a nearly big-league-ready defender. For many, he just needs to harness his tools, but like Andrus, he could be a big league product at a very young age.

Like Profar, Sardinas is just 17 years old and eons away from the big leagues, but the switch-hitter impressed during his pro debut with a .311/.363/.350 line in the Arizona Complex League. While lacking Profar's fundamentals and instincts, Sardinas is a potentially flashier defender

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