5 prospects Texas Rangers can afford to trade this year
4. Ronny Henriquez
Henriquez may be surprising to see on this list, but consider it a good thing that he’s on it.
That’s because the Texas Rangers have been much better at devoting resources to drafting and developing pitchers over the last few years, namely Cole Winn, Jack Leiter, Owen White, T.K. Roby, Ricky Vanasco and others.
Henriquez has the talent and the stuff (his fastball grades out above average) to make it to the big leagues one day, but in what capacity remains to be seen. His undersized stature could make teams hesitate to have him start games (though not impossible, see Marcus Stroman) due to the fact that he has durability issues. That could destine him for a bullpen role.
The fact is, though, Henriquez is talented. He has the velocity and movement necessary on his pitches to get hitters out. He might not be a future staff ace, but someone’s pitching staff could benefit from having the right-hander. It just may not be the Rangers.