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Oakland A’s believe Jurickson Profar is dealing with the yips

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The Oakland A’s believe Jurickson Profar is dealing with a case of the yips.

Profar, who was once upon a time one of the biggest prospects in baseball, has committed seven errors in 27 games this season — the most of any second baseman. The errors have been coming on what many would deem routine throws from second base. The Athletic, which reported that the A’s believe Profar has the yips, shared video of all the throws.

Here is one:

Profar is hurting Oakland with his bad throws, to the point where they might not be able to continue playing him at second base. On Monday night, he spiked a throw that should have been a double-play. Instead, it opened up a 6-run inning for Boston. The team is now 2-4 in games where he has committed an error.

Profar called his play “frustrating” and said he would talk with teammate Marcus Semien about how to beat the issue. The A’s gave Profar the day off on Tuesday and ended up losing their fifth in a row.

On top of the fielding issues, Profar is only batting .165 with a .495 OPS.

Rangers trade Jurickson Profar to A’s in three-team deal

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The Oakland A’s have reportedly acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers in a three-team trade.

Profar is the centerpiece of the trade, with the Tampa Bay Rays also involved and several players changing teams. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the details:

Profar, who has had difficulty staying healthy during his MLB career, had by far his best season last year. He appeared in 146 games and batted .254 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI. Interestingly enough, it was the Rays who expressed interest in trading for him last winter, but they did not end up with him in Friday’s deal.

Profar has two more years of arbitration before he is eligible to become a free agent in 2021. The 25-year-old is a career .240 hitter. He could either play second base full-time for the A’s or be used as a utility infielder.

Jurickson Profar picked off while celebrating single (Video)

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Jurickson Profar just learned the hard way that he needs to be standing on a base before celebrating a big hit.

Profar is playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and singled with a man on second and one out in the top of the first inning of his country’s semifinal game against Puerto Rico on Monday night.

The throw from right field went all the way to catch Yadier Molina at home, which held the Netherlands’ runner at third. After rounding first, Profar carelessly meandered back to the bag, all while pumping up his teammates. He had taken his eyes off the ball and play, and Molina noticed that. Molina threw behind Profar, who was tagged out for the second out of the inning.

The next batter up, Wladimir Balentien, homered to make it 2-0. Not only did Profar’s mistake likely cost them a run, but the Netherlands made another out on the bases while he was at-bat. They only made one out with their bats that inning.

Report: Rays have inquired with Rangers about Jurickson Profar

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The Tampa Bay Rays reportedly have shown interest in Rangers utility man Jurickson Profar this offseason.

According to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant, the Rays have inquired twice with Texas about Profar’s availability.

The Rays have a need at second base after trading Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers, which Profar could fill.

Profar turns 24 in February and was once regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball. But shoulder injuries cost him two straight seasons, and he struggled in 90 games last season, as he batted just .239.

Profar is set to share time with Ryan Rua and possibly Joey Gallo at first next season. The versatile youngster has played every position in the infield, and even some at left field.

As of now, Grant says nothing is imminent in a potential Profar to Tampa Bay trade.

Rays reportedly demanding Jurickson Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

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The Texas Rangers are combing the trade market for starters, and Jurickson Profar appears to be a name coming up frequently in talks.

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Tampa Bay Rays are insisting on Profar in trade talks, with Texas refusing to blink.

The 23-year-old Curacao native was once the top prospect in all of baseball, but shoulder injuries robbed him of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He has returned in 2016 to hit .298 to go with a .426 slugging percentage, and at such a young age, the best is yet to come. It’s a steep price for one of the trio of pitchers the Rangers are said to be seeking.

Profar is wanted by other clubs in similar trade talks, too. Texas would probably prefer to part with this prospect instead.

Jurickson Profar aggravated shoulder injury rolling out of bed

Jurickson-Profar-RangersJurickson Profar has not appeared in a game yet this season for the Texas Rangers, and from the sound of it the 21-year-old shortstop will not be returning any time soon. Profar was ruled out for 10-12 weeks after tearing a muscle in his shoulder back in March. On Thursday, Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he could miss another 8-12 weeks after aggravating the injury.

Profar recently began playing in extended spring training games, but Daniels said he is not believed to have tweaked his shoulder on the baseball diamond. Instead, it was more of a “baseball” injury — if you know what we mean.

The bad news about Profar came on the same day it was announced that Prince Fielder could miss the remainder of the season after having a neck procedure, so Rangers fans are likely feeling a bit anxious.

Don’t feel bad, Jurickson. You’re not the only professional athlete to fall victim to the mattress.

Jurickson Profar doesn’t like water, is afraid of sharks

Jurickson-Profar-RangersTexas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar is one of the most promising young players in baseball. He may be fearless when it comes to diving for a ground ball or standing in against a 100-mph fastball, but that doesn’t mean the 20-year-old has no fears at all.

During an interview with BaDD Radio on KTCK-AM earlier this week, Profar spoke about some of the things he liked to as a kid growing up in Curacao. While a lot of kids in Curacao like to play sports and go for a swim, Profar said he strayed away from the latter.

“Oh, I don’t like water,” he explained, via The Dallas Morning News. “Water is for sharks and stuff … I always watch Discovery Channel and stuff and I see those sharks and I get scared.”

I feel you, bro. Shark Week is no joke. There’s a list of about five countries I would never swim in thanks to programs I’ve seen on the Discovery Channel, so he’s not alone. And never mind sharks, what about jellyfish? Jellyfish are a scary mother, man.

One of the other highlights from Profar’s interview came when he was asked what types of television programs he watches in the US.

“ESPN,” he replied. “Let me see … Mr. Bean.”

If for some reason I ever win a contest that allows me to pick an MLB player to spend a day with, my choice has officially switched from Will Middlebrooks to Jurickson Profar.

H/T Hardball Talk