Sometimes it feels like this stuff has to be scripted.
Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar crushed a pitch into the right field stands in his first major league plate appearance Sunday at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, becoming the youngest player to homer in a major league game since Adrian Beltre in 1998.
MLB.com already has the video highlight.
Profar, a 19-year-old shortstop, was promoted to the Rangers’ active roster on Saturday and is getting his first taste of action Sunday at second base with Ian Kinsler fighting a sore back.
The Curacao native was batting .281/.368/.452 with 14 homers and 62 RBI in 126 games at Double-A Frisco before his call-up. He should get a couple of starts per week down the stretch for first-place Texas.
UPDATE, 2:35 PM: Profar hit a double to left field in his second at-bat and popped out in his third.
UPDATE, 3:23 PM: Profar flied out to center field in his fourth trip to the plate. He finished 2-for-4.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.
Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.
As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.