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Yankees shut down pitching prospect Manny Banuelos

Aug 6, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

Manny Banuelos AP

Coming into the year Baseball America rated Yankees left-hander Manny Banuelos the 29th-best prospect in baseball, but the 21-year-old has been limited to just six starts because of an elbow injury and the team announced that he won’t pitch again this season.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees hope shutting Banuelos down now will give him enough time to get healthy for winter ball and vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman told Marchand that doctors don’t think he’ll need surgery for a bone bruise.

When asked how the injury originally happened, Newman replied: “That’s a good question.”

If healthy Banuelos may have put himself in position to have a role with the Yankees down the stretch, but now he’ll almost surely begin next season back at Triple-A.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    29th best prospect? Those rankings are so subjective. It is difficult to take them seriously. Having said that, I wish the kid well.

    • protius - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      You are a class act. WTG.

  2. pisano - Aug 6, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Not a big deal, he and Betances were totally overrated from the start. It’s time to get rid of both of them, but with all the bad press on both it will be interesting to see just what they can get for either.

  3. deadrabbit79 - Aug 6, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Totally overrated? Based upon what?

    • protius - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      His personal experience as a big league pitching coach? No? Uh………… about beer vender? Maybe?

      All I know is that the Great Mariano Rivera considered Banuelos to be the real-deal, and that’s good enough for me.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Maybe the Yankees can finally recall Kei Igawa from the minors to take his place in NY?

  5. kappy32 - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    In that picture you can see in his delivery what many pitching coaches call, “The inverted W.” Having that type of delivery is a warning sign that a pitcher will have elbow problems, specifically UCL sprain/tear followed by Tommy John Surgery. That delivery was a trademark of Mark Prior, and more recently, Stephen Strasburg. A lot of hard throwing, power pitchers have that inverted W delivery & it puts ridiculous strain & tension on the elbow. TJ Surgery is in his future, and if you’re the Yanks, it may be better to get it done sooner rather than later, like this offseason. You heard it here first.

    • protius - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Banuelos has a bone bruise. Please explain how the inverted W motion causes a bone bruise?

      • mJankiewicz - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        “The Inverted W”, the artist formerly known as the letter “M”.

  6. millmannj - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Banuelos & Betances have both been ruined by the Yankees’ minor league organization’s M.O. of babying any pitching prospect. They put these guys on ridiculous pitch counts, so the kids never learn to pitch out of trouble. If you know the manager is coming to get you at 75-80 pitches, what incentive do you have to work through your problems. When was the last time either of them pitched into the 6th inning?

    Yanks should look across town to see how the Mets bring along their pitching prospects. They give their guys a chance to succeed. If Matt Harvey was in the Yankees organization, he’d still be in Single-A and Zach Wheeler would be throwing 60 pitches a start in Rookie ball.

    • protius - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM


      You are begging the question. You are assuming that Banuelos and Betances, a 21 year old and a 24 year old respectively, have been ruined. To be exact, the idea that something is ruined means that it has gone bad, or rotted, i.e., it is no longer usable. Clearly, in the cases of both these young men, that is not a reasonable assumption.

      Both players are expected to play next season, and, as it is stated in the above article, “the Yankees hope shutting Banuelos down now will give him enough time to get healthy for winter ball”, and alternatively “he’ll almost surely begin next season back at Triple-A.” If you have any verifiable proof to the contrary, then please present it.

      A 2012 report from predicts that Betances “remains a high-ceiling if risky long-term asset: guys with stuff this wicked always seem to find their way onto MLB rosters sooner or later.” Clearly, professional scouts believe that Betances still has a future beyond the end of this season. Again, if you have any verifiable proof to the contrary, then please present it.

      You proposed some interesting arguments re: “ridiculous pitch counts”, and how these pitch counts affect a pitchers incentive to work through his problems. Can you give any verifiable examples to support your claims?

      You also mentioned the Mets organizations approach to handling its young pitchers, e.g., Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler. If Harvey and Wheeler are the same type of pitchers as Banuelos and Betances, i.e., same physical statistics, pitching experience etc, then your comparison has merit, if not, then your comparison is non-sequitur (Apples and oranges). Do you have any stats that the readers can use to evaluate your claims?

      Other than these arguments: A good post with insightful comments. Thanks.

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