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Former Little League Baseball World Series Standout Jurickson Profar Makes His Mark in First Professional Baseball Season

Former Little League Baseball World Series Standout Jurickson Profar Makes His Mark in First Professional Baseball Season

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Jurickson Profar

Jurickson Profar, 17, a two-time Little League Baseball World Series participant from Willemstad, Curacao, was recently selected by Baseball America Magazine as the top Minor League prospect in the Class A Short-Season Northwest League.

In his first professional season, Jurickson, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound switch-hitting shortstop, logged a .250 batting average, collecting 63 hits, with 19 doubles, four home runs and eight stolen bases in 63 games with the Spokane Indians, a Texas Rangers affiliate.

During the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series, an 11-year-old Jurickson was among the key contributors to Pabao Little League winning the first and only World Series championship for the island of Curacao. The Caribbean Region Champions defeated the West Region champions, Conejo Valley East Little League from Thousand Oaks, Calif., 5-2, for the championship.

In the 2004 World Series, Jurickson was the top statistical pitcher, posting a 2-0 record with one save in 12.1 innings of work. He scattered six hits, issued nine bases on balls and allowed one run, while striking out 19. He batted .313 (5-for-16) with a double, five runs batted in, a run scored, and only two strikeouts.

Jurickson returned to the World Series in 2005, leading Pabao Little League back to the championship game. The team from the Netherlands Antilles repeated as International Region Champion, but finished one win short of its second-straight Little League Baseball World title, losing to West Oahu Little League from Hawaii, 7-6, in seven innings.

In his second World Series,  Jurickson posted the third-highest tournament batting average (.389; 7-for-18) highlighted by seven hits, five runs scored, three walks and two runs batted in. On the mound, he worked 13 innings. He surrendered seven hits and four runs, struck out 26 and walked eight en route to 1-0 record and a 1.85 earned run average in three games.

The Baseball America Minor League Top 20 lists are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game.