Top prospect in all of baseball Jurickson Profar was called up from AA Frisco on Sunday to fill in for Ian Kinsler, who was scratched from the lineup because of a stiff back.
He wasted no time in seizing the moment.
In his very first career Major League at-bat the 19-year old phenom shortstop hit a towering solo home run on a 2-1 count to right field against Cleveland's Zach McAllister. Profar also homered in July's "Futures Game" in Kansas City during All-Star weekend and has been touted as the best prospect this side of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. He isn't so much a five-tool player like Trout, but he has a quick glove, a great eye, a strong arm, and awesome speed. Recently, former Cincinnati Reds general manager Jim Bowden compared Profar to Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, saying, "I wouldn't be surprised if this kid goes to the Hall of Fame someday, too."
In addition to Profar finally being called up to The Show, he became the youngest Major League position player since Adrian Beltre debuted for the Dodgers in 1998, and the youngest player overall since Felix Hernandez debuted for the Mariners in 2005. At 19 years, 195 days he is the exact same age as Bryce Harper was when he debuted. That's right... down to the day.
His solo shot in the top of the 3rd inning on Sunday placed Profar in a historical context that is quite astounding. It was his first career at-bat, which means he is the only Texas Ranger in history to homer in his first career at-bat. Before Sunday, the last 19-year old to homer in his first big league game was Denny McLain in 1963 with the Detroit Tigers. However, you would have to go all the way back to 1950 to find the last time a 19-year old homered in his first career at-bat, when Ted Tappe did it for the Reds as a pinch-hitter at Ebbets Field.