The Los Angeles Dodgers were unable to add an impact starting pitcher prior to the 3 p.m. PT trade deadline on Tuesday, but they did make one notable move, sending prospects Devin Mann and Derlin Figueroa to the Kansas City Royals for Ryan Yarbrough.
The 31-year-old made seven starts and 14 overall appearances for the Royals, posting a 4-5 record with a 4.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 29 strikeouts across 51 innings. In addition, Yarbrough held a 4.29 FIP, 4.81 expected ERA, 13.7% strikeout rate, 4.2% walk rate and 0.6 WAR.
Over his last seven games, Yarbrough has pitched to a 3.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38 innings. In his last two starts, the southpaw has thrown a combined 13 innings while giving up just two earned runs. However, both outings come against weak American League Central offenses.
Yarbrough has been in the Majors parts of six seasons with Tampa Bay (2018-2022) and Kansas City, going a combined 44-36 with a 4.32 ERA in 630.2 IP with 496 strikeouts against 140 walks.
In his career, left-handed batters are hitting .223 (127-for-570) with a .655 OPS and 151 strikeouts.
Yarbrough was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round in 2016 out of All Saints Academy High School.
Dodgers trade prospects to Royals
Mann, a versatile bat-first infielder, is the most notable name going back to the Royals in the Yarbrough trade. The 26-year-old appeared in 89 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .307 (101-for-329) with 14 homers and 71 RBI.
Mann was in the Dodgers farm system for six seasons, hitting a combined .270 (454-for-1683) with 65 homers and 288 RBI in 485 games. He would have been eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in the offseason, and it’s unlikely the Dodgers would have protected him on their 40 man roster.
Mann was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of the University of Louisville. He projects as a solid bench bat on the backend of a roster for a Major League club.
Figueroa, another infield prospect, appeared in 31 games for the Arizona League Dodgers, hitting .237 (22-for-93) with three homers and 21 RBI. In three Minor League seasons with the Dodgers, the 19-year-old batted a combined .233 (86-for-369) with 12 homers and 73 RBI.
Figueroa was signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on February 1, 2021.
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