Jurickson Profar, the #1 prospect in Baseball, will not play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Profar decided not to participate over the weekend as the Wednesday deadline for the teams to announce their final roster was approaching. Instead, he will stay in the Texas Rangers camp to fight for a spot on the Opening Day roster. There is a utility spot open on the team, and it has not been decided by the Rangers front office if Profar should start the year in Triple-A to play everyday, or to take the chance and use him at different positions at the Major League level.
With Elvis Andrus committed to play for Venezuela in the WBC, Profar could see a lot of time over the next six weeks in the Cactus League.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.