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Prospect linked to Oscar Taveras flames out

Remember just a couple of years ago when all the buzz during spring training was that the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers would exchange the no. 1 and no. 2 prospects in baseball, Oscar Taveras and Jurickson Profar?

It's hard to imagine things going any worse for the duo since their respective teams decided their player was too valuable to give up.

Taveras, as St. Louis fans know well, passed away shortly after the 2014 season in an alcohol-fueled car crash in the Dominican Republic. Now news has surfaced that Profar will miss his second season in a row with an arm injury which at this point must be considered career threatening.

Profar hurt his throwing side shoulder before the 2014 season. Now, reports out of Dallas indicate that he has a torn labrum in the same shoulder and that he'll need surgery that will put him out of commission for the upcoming campaign.

A Dallas Morning News Story speculates that the Rangers are so concerned about the 22-year-old shortstop's injuries that they may cut ties with a player who such a short time ago had a very promising future ahead of him.

It just goes to show how fleeting prospects can be. 

The Cardinals and Rangers pinned their future hopes to this duo and they seemed so talented there was no way they could miss. If only someone could have stopped Taveras from driving or prevented Profar's injury... The landscape of baseball could be completely different for both clubs.