24-year old righty swinging Elvis Andrus’ name flowed a lot in trade rumors over the winter, but he will be back as the Rangers’ starting SS once again in 2013. Andrus played in 158 games for the Rangers last year and he was 180 for 629 (.286 avg, .727 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 3 homers, 62 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. He played in 153 games (150 starts) at SS for the Rangers last year and he had 16 errors while showing slightly below average range. Andrus has now played in 601 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 628 of 2,284 (.275 avg, .695 OPS) with 341 runs scored, 14 homers, 197 RBIs and 123 stolen bases. If anything happens to Andrus, the Rangers will summon 19-year old switch-hitting Jurickson Profar from the minors. Profar is one of the best prospects that the Rangers have right now. He got his first taste of the majors last year for the Rangers, playing in 9 games in which he was 3 for 17 (.176 avg, .647 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He played in 3 games (2 starts) for the Rangers at SS last year and he didn’t make any errors. Profar also played in 126 games in AA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 135 of 480 (.281 avg, .820 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 14 homers, 62 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. 25-year old switch-hitting Yangervis Solarte could also win a bench job with the Rangers this year. He played in 130 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 149 of 518 (.288 avg, .745 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 11 homers, 54 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Solarte has now played in 539 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 580 of 2,013 (288 avg, .735 OPS) with 266 runs scored, 29 homers, 237 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: B