— Jessica Quiroli (@heelsonthefield) November 29, 2012
Banuelos, who struggled prior to the 2012 season with disappointing numbers, is still recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2012 that kept him out for all of the 2013 season.
The 23-year-old continues to make his way back from the injury and it has certainly taken time for him to rebuild his pitch count, but now Banuelos is starting to get his form back and is looking like the top-notch starter the Yankees thought he could be just a few years back.
In his last three starts, Banuelos has let up just two runs in 14 innings while striking out 11 and walking four. His control is still somewhat of a concern as he walked three in his last start, although he did throw five innings of one-run, one-hit ball.
Banuelos is likely to finish his season in Double-A and could be an outsider to make the big league roster in 2015 should he impress enough. Despite how close he may be to competing for a major league job, WFAN's Sweeny Murti says don't expect him up this season when rosters expand:
As for Manny Banuelos's recent run Newman said "he's getting it together." Not likely call-up, but goal is no restrictions next spring.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 3, 2014
That's fine. Despite their starting rotation injury woes, the Yankees shouldn't be rushing Banuelos into a more important role. General manager Brian Cashman has to think big picture with Baneulos, especially since he is just coming back from a very serious injury.
Besides, Banuelos may not be ready for the bigger stage yet and that's to be expected from a guy his age. Allow him to get more acclimated to pitching on a normal basis and figure out the things that he needs to improve before moving up to the show.
Patience is the key here. The Yankees may have themselves a bunch of nice young pitchers in the next few years making a major impact and Banuelos certainly has the goods to be one of them, so taking their time in bringing up the young arms is the best thing the Yanks can do.
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