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Texas Rangers Minor Leagues: Jurickson Profar Continues To Adjust To AA Pitching

Jurickson Profar didn't get off to he best start in AA this year, but he's proving to the Rangers and scouts that he's capable of handling the challenge at AA. The 19 year old shortstop has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 games -- and has drawn four walks in those 10 games as well.

Profar hasn't just been getting on base, he's been slugging the ball. Eight of Profar's last 13 hits have gone for extra bases, as he's notched five doubles and three triples in his last 10 games.

The recent hot streak has Profar's season line up to .253/.323/.483. Though the average and OBP remain a bit low, Profar has clearly adjusted to the challenge of AA pitching, and his numbers have been rising steadily over the last half of April.

Interestingly, Profar hasn't hit well on the road this year. In 51 home at bats, Profar is mashing, hitting to the tune of .314/.397/.608, but on the road in 36 at bats, Profar is hitting a paltry .167/.220/.306. This is something that will correct itself over time, but it's still a massive difference -- and for now, it can likely be chalked up to a small sample size.

Regardless, it's tough not to get excited over Profar, especially when you consider he's just 19 years old an in AA. He's still a couple of years away from being entrenched in Arlington, but it's already exciting following the young shortstop's progress through Texas' system.

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