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Texas Rangers Arizona Fall League contingent includes Profar, Brinson

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Lewis Brinson, Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar are among the Rangers prospects who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League

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The Texas Rangers Arizona Fall League 2015 assignments include Jurickson Profar, Ryan Rua and Lewis Brinson, according to the AFL transactions page.  Pitchers Ryne Slack and John Fasola are also part of the group.

Profar, of course, has missed basically all of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.  He is currently on a rehab assignment with the Hickory Crawdads, and has been discussed as a possible September call-up, although he would be limited just to pinch-hitting duty.  Jon Daniels said yesterday that Profar in the AFL was a possibility because he'd be playing for the Surprise Saguaros, based out of Surprise, Arizona, where the Rangers train, which allows the medical staff to work directly with him.  The AFL also gives Profar the opportunity to get at bats as a DH in a controlled environment against better pitching than he's seeing in Hickory.

Brinson started the season at high-A High Desert and has advanced all the way (as of yesterday) to AAA Round Rock, where he played his first game yesterday.  Brinson, the team's first round draft pick in the 2012 draft, missed time earlier in the year with leg issues that have dogged him the past two seasons, and playing in the AFL will help him make up some of the playing time he missed, while giving him the chance to play against good competition.

Rua started the season as the Rangers' starting left fielder, but missed half the year with a broken ankle, and has struggled since his return to action.  Rua is currently playing for AAA Round Rock as well.

Slack and Fasola are relievers in the Rangers' system.  The 23 year old Slack is a lefthander who has split the season between High Desert and Frisco, with a 3.80 ERA in 66.1 IP.  Fasola, also 23, is a righthander who has split the season between Hickory and High Desert, with a 3.91 ERA in 50.2 IP.

UPDATE -- Sam Wolff and Adam Parks are also part of the Rangers' AFL group, per the beat guys on Twitter.

Wolff, 24, is a RHP who spent last season in high-A Myrtle Beach, where he put up a 3.37 ERA in 120.1 IP.  He has missed all of the 2015 campaign due to an Achilles injury suffered this spring, and thus this is an opportunity for him to make up for some lost innings.

Parks, 22, is a righthanded reliever who has split this season between Hickory, High Desert and Frisco, putting up a 3.19 ERA in 73.1 IP, with an impressive 86 Ks against 19 walks.