The World Baseball Classic features the best talent in the world, and now it features baseball’s top prospect, Jurickson Profar.
After declining the Netherlands invite to be included on the roster in order to fight for a spot on the Texas Rangers Opening Day roster, Profar will replace the injured Yurendell de Caster.
The Netherlands made it through the first two rounds and are the #2 seed from Pool 1 heading into the Championship Round in San Francisco. They will face the winner of Pool 1 in the semifinals.
Profar, widely thought of as the top prospect in baseball, has been participating in spring games in Arizona with the Rangers. The infielder has played in 16 Cactus League games. Over those games he has 36 at bats picking up eight hits (.222 avg.) with seven walks and ten strikeouts.
Profar will add an additional bat to the Dutch lineup that has played well so far during the WBC making it to the semifinals.
The Netherlands play next on Monday March 18 at 9 pm EST. They will face the winner of Pool 1.
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.