For years, the status and progress of Manny Banuelos in the New York Yankees minor league system has been well tracked, especially because he's been considered one of their top prospects for several years now.
From the time he was 17-years-old pitching in Class-A ball, Banuelos looked like he had the fast-track to making the Yankees at a young age, but injuries and inconsistency have sidetracked Banuelos, who missed all of the 2013 season after needing to undergo Tommy John Surgery.
Now back for the Yankees in the minor leagues in 2014, Banuelos first pitched for Class-A Tampa and then went back to his normal spot in Class-AA Trenton, where he pitched to a 1-3 record with a 4.59 ERA in 17 appereances with 44 strikeouts in 49 innings. On Monday, Banuelos got the next step into the right direction as far as the major leagues go, as Josh Norris of Baseball America reported that Banuelos has been promoted to Class-AAA Scranton Wilks-Barre.
Manny Banuelos has been promoted.— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) August 11, 2014
There has been some speculation that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could eventually call up Banuelos before the end of the 2014 season and could possibly do so either this month or possibly after September 1 when the rosters expand from 25 to 40.
The good thing about Banuelos as far as his progress goes is that he's still only 23-years old and still has plenty of time to get his stuff figured out before he hits the major league level, but if he can finally reach the potential that the team had in him since 2008, it would be a major victory for the Yankees minor league system as well as Banuelos being able to come back from the struggles on the mound plus the extensive injury.
In his entire minor league career, Banuelos is 20-22 with a 3.28 ERA in 108 appearances, 91 of which were starts with 433 strikeouts in 431 innings; all numbers that won't matter if and once Banuelos can get called up to the Yankees and possibly be used as a lefty reliever if needed in his first outings while on the team.
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