Just days after calling up stud shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar for the stretch run the Rangers have signed his little brother, 16-year-old third baseman Juremi Profar.
Jurickson Profar signed with the Rangers out of Curacao for $1.55 million in 2009 and Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that Juremi Profar isn’t as highly touted, but adds that “like his older brother, Juremi was also a standout at the Little League World Series” and “has the size, hands and arm strength to play third base, while showing flashes of power in games from the right side.”
Badler’s article also includes video of Juremi Profar homering, in case Rangers fans want to start dreaming about a two-Profar infield in, say, 2017.
Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.
Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.
Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.