The Rangers prefer Jurickson Profar to play on a daily basis in the minors. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers declined to include the minor-league's best prospect in off-season trade offers, but they won't start the 2013 season with Jurickson Profar at the major-league level.
Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News reports the Rangers' decision to keep rookie Leury Garcia as their Opening Day utility infielder means Profar will open the season with Triple-A Round Rock.
The move is not unexpected and has more to do with the Rangers wanting Profar, a middle infielder, to play on a daily basis, rather than his disappointing spring training numbers.
Profar made his Major League debut with the Rangers in early September last season, hitting a home run in his first career at-bat. He played in a total of nine games after the rosters expanded and was included on the RAngers'