State of the Texas Rangers’ 2022 40-man roster at the MLB Lockout

Chris Giles
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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State of the Texas Rangers’ 40-man roster: Minor League Pitchers

Three minor league pitchers had to be added to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule-5 draft.  Each of these pitchers bring a unique skillset to the Texas Rangers and may play a factor in the 2022 season.

Yerry Rodriguez pitched in AA/AAA in 2021.  Rodriguez started 18 games as well as 9 relief appearances last year.  In 2021, Rodriguez posted a 4-4 record and a 4.63 ERA.  Rodriguez will likely start the year back in AAA.  He is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Ronny Henriquez pitched in A+/AA in 2021.  Rodriguez started 16 games as well as 5 relief appearances last year.  In 2021, Henriquez posted a 5-7 record and a 4.71 ERA.  Henriquez will likely start the year back in AA.  He is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

Ricky Vanasco missed all of 2021 after receiving Tommy John surgery on his elbow in September 2020.  Vanasco missed 2020 because all MILB games were canceled due to COVID-19.  He should be at full strength to pitch in 2022 where he will start the season at either A+ or AA.  In 2019, Vanasco split the season between A(Short)/A(Full).  In 11 starts, Vanasco had a record of 3-1 and a 1.81 ERA.   He is under team control until at least 2028 and his salary for 2022 is TBD because he is not yet arbitration eligible.

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