Image credit: Devin Mann has been traded to the Royals. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After their attempt to acquire Eduardo Rodriguez from the Tigers fell through, the Dodgers made another move to acquire a lefty in the final minutes before the trade deadline on Tuesday.
The Dodgers acquired lefthander Ryan Yarbrough from the Royals for in exchange for No. 24 prospect Devin Mann and teenage outfielder Derlin Figueroa.
The addition of Yarbrough completes a deadline in which the Dodgers added Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Amed Rosario and Kiké Hernandez as they push for another National League West title.
Devin Mann, 3B/1B
Mann has a long track record of hitting and batted .307/.402/.541 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs in 89 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. He has a short, direct swing that makes a lot of contact and generates easy power to his pull-side with his natural strength and leverage. Mann’s swing has gotten long at times, but he recognizes pitches and projects to be an average hitter with power to all fields when his swing is right. Mann can hit, but finding him a position is a challenge. He’s an stiff, awkward athlete with slow feet and is a below-average defender at both third base and first base. He loosens up a bit in left field but still isn’t average anywhere. Mann’s bat is big-league ready, and he should get a shot with the Royals in the near future.
Derlin Figueroa, OF/1B
Figueroa signed with the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in 2021 and made his stateside debut this season, where he hit .237/.372/.376 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 31 games in the Arizona Complex League. Figueroa is a big-bodied outfielder with above-average raw power and good strike-zone discipline from the left side. His swing can get long and uphill, but he has average bat speed and a chance to hit against better pitching. He’s limited to left field and first base defensively and is going to have to hit to ascend the minors.
Ryan Yarbrough, LHP
Yarbrough has continued to carve out a career as a lefty swingman who can take down bulk innings. He went 4-5, 4.44 in 14 games (seven starts) with the Royals and had 29 strikeouts and nine walks in 51 innings. Yarbrough is a soft-tosser who avoids hard contact and keeps batters off balance with a four-pitch mix he uses almost equally. He was hit in the head by a line drive earlier this year and suffered multiple facial fractures, but he returned in early July and has been dominant since. He’s gone 3-1, 2.19 as a conventional starter since he returned and pitched seven innings with one run allowed in his most recent start Sunday against the Twins. He gives the Dodgers options as a potential starter or long reliever and is under contract through the end of next season.