Rangers announce 2 roster transactions, assign 2 pitchers to Round Rock

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced this evening that the club has selected the contracts of infielder Ezequiel Duran, and right-handed pitchers Ronny Henriquez and Ricky Vanasco to the Major League roster.  Duran and Vanasco were selected from the High-A Hickory roster, while Henriquez was selected from the roster of Double-A Frisco.

Major League Baseball had established a 5:00 p.m. CT deadline this evening for setting reserve lists as protection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft, which is scheduled for December 8.

Duran, 22, has spent the early portion of the 2021 offseason playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he has slashed .275/.333/.609/.942 (19-69) with 3 home runs and 12 RBI in 18 games for the Surprise Saguaros, earning a selection to the league’s annual “Fall Stars” All-Star game on November 13.  The infielder was acquired by Texas from New York-AL on July 29, 2021 as part of a six-player trade.  He combined to post a .267/.342/.486/.827 (111-416) slash line with career highs in home runs (19), RBI (79) and steals (19) over 105 games with High-A Hudson Valley (NYY) and Hickory (TEX) in 2021, his fourth professional season. The Dominican Republic native was recently rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Rangers organization according to the publication’s 2021 mid-season top 30 list.

Henriquez, 21, paired a 5-7 record with a 4.71 ERA (49 ER/93.2 IP) in 21 games/16 starts for Hickory (A+) and Frisco (AA) this season, producing career highs in innings and strikeouts (105). The right-hander leads all Rangers farmhands since the start of 2018 with 283 strikeouts, and owns career marks of 16-13, 3.85 ERA (100 ER/233.2 IP) and 10.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings over three minor-league seasons. He was rated among the Texas organization’s top 30 prospects in 2021 mid-season rankings by multiple outlets, including MLB Pipeline (no. 15), Fangraphs (no. 16) and Baseball America (no. 29). A native of the Dominican Republic, Henriquez was originally signed by the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2017.

Vanasco, 23, missed the 2021 season while recovering from ‘Tommy John’ ligament replacement surgery performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister on September 14, 2020. He recently returned to action by participating in the Rangers’ Fall Instructional League program. The right-hander has not seen official game action since topping out with Low-A Hickory in 2019, as he was pitching at the club’s Alternate Training Site when he suffered the elbow injury in 2020. Selected by Texas in the 15th round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Williston (Fla.) High School, Vanasco has gone 6-5 with a 2.38 ERA (22 ER/83.1 IP) and 12.5 strikeouts per 9 innings over 28 games/14 starts at the professional level. He is rated among Texas’ top prospects by MLB Pipeline (no. 12) and Baseball America (no. 16).


CODY AND COLINA ASSIGNED OUTRIGHT TO ROUND ROCK: The Rangers have assigned right-handed pitchers Kyle Cody and Edwar Colina outright to Triple-A Round Rock.  Cody missed most of the 2021 season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on September 29, a labral debridement procedure performed by Dr. Keith Meister.  Cody is not expected to return until the latter part of the 2022 campaign.

Colina was acquired by Texas via waiver claim from Minnesota on October 6.  He missed the entire 2021 season and underwent an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his right elbow on May 26.

Following today’s transactions, the Rangers now have 37 players on the club’s Major League roster.

From Rangers PR staff reports