So, does Jurickson Profar look ready for the major leagues?
Ian Kinsler smiled.
"I could be honest with you, and it would probably make headlines," Kinsler said. "That's not really something I'm looking for, to make headlines. He's obviously a very talented player. He's done a lot of good things in camp. And he's worked hard. That's really all you can ask for."
Kinsler is known for his outspokenness. For now, the circumspect answer will have to do. He knows how radioactive the topic is within the context of the Texas Rangers' 2013 season. Profar is the game's best middle-infield prospect, and his emergence has created one of the happiest predicaments in baseball.
Profar, 20, has played exclusively second base and shortstop during his minor league career, outside of one game at third last year. He's played only second base and shortstop this spring. Neither starting job is available. Nominally, at least. Kinsler has been the...