5 prospects the Texas Rangers can afford to trade this year

Seth Carlson
Sep 23, 2020; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte grounds out at first base against Texas Rangers first baseman Sherten Apostel (82) in the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORKMlb Texas Rangers At Arizona Diamondbacks
Sep 23, 2020; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte grounds out at first base against Texas Rangers first baseman Sherten Apostel (82) in the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORKMlb Texas Rangers At Arizona Diamondbacks /
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AMARILLO, TEXAS – AUGUST 27: Pitcher Ronny Henriquez #15 of the Frisco RoughRiders pitches during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on August 27, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
AMARILLO, TEXAS – AUGUST 27: Pitcher Ronny Henriquez #15 of the Frisco RoughRiders pitches during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on August 27, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /

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.

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