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Yankees promote top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos to Triple-A

Jul 31, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

Manny Banuelos AP

This may not be the Yankees’ biggest move of the day, but it is notable that the club promoted its top pitching prospect, left-hander Manny Banuelos, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

Banuelos, who becomes the International League’s youngest player at age 20, was 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA and a 94/52 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings for Double-A Trenton.  He was inconsistent with his command, but he went the first two months of the season without giving up a homer and left-handers hit just .229 off him.

Because of Banuelos’ success against left-handers, there’s some speculation that he could be called up to serve as a member of the Yankee pen down the stretch.  He turned some heads by flashing dominant stuff in one-inning appearances this spring, and the Yankees do need some help from the left side.

  1. crpls - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Somebody forgot to tell him:

  2. scapistron - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    The k/9 is nice and all, but he sure does walk a lot of undeveloped batters.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      Absolutely. Still, he could get most of his innings in at AAA then help as a LOOGY down the stretch.

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