Vanasco was originally a 15th round pick by the Rangers in the 2017 MLB Draft. By 2021, Vanasco was the 14th-best prospect in the Rangers' system, via MLB Pipeline. However, before he reached the majors, Texas decided to designate Vanasco for assignment. Now, he has landed with the Dodgers.
The right-hander has appeared in 53 games at the minor league level of his career. He holds a 9-10 record with a 3.84 ERA and a 236/99 K/BB ratio. While the strikeouts have been nice, Vanasco needs to limit his propensity to give up the long ball. He allowed 14 home runs between A+ and AA last season.
The AA level has been a real struggle for Vanasco. He had been playing at that level this season while still a member of the Rangers. He only lasted two games and 2.1 innings, allowing six earned runs.
Still, the Dodgers clearly see something in Ricky Vanasco. It didn't cost much for Los Angeles to acquire him. To the Dodgers, Vanasco is a no-risk investment. If he continues to struggle, a DFA will cost nothing. If he somehow reverts to his top prospect form, the Dodgers could find a diamond in the rough after their Vanasco trade.