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Banuelos an option for Yankees?

MANNY BANUELOS, LHP, Yankees Age: 20 Hometown: Monterrey,

MANNY BANUELOS, LHP, Yankees
Age: 20
Hometown: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Signed: As a non-drafted free agent in 2008
Highest Level: AA
Throws: Fastball (95-96 mph), curveball, changeup
Career numbers (minor leagues): 16-15, 2.92 ERA, 72 games (56 starts), 304.2 innings, 263 hits, 317 strikeouts, 115 walks
Perhaps the most tantalizing piece in the Yankees’ farm system now that some of the bloom has come off Jesus Montero, Banuelos is a hard-throwing lefty who’s excelled in every minor-league stop. After an impressive 2011 spring training that had many fans clamoring for the southpaw to be promoted to the majors immediately, Banuelos was instead sent to Class AA where he’s been both electric and erratic. In 89 innings, he’s struck out 89 and walked 49 (and allowed 89 hits). He hit just two batters in 2010 and already has six hit batters this season. After exhibiting good control in his first three seasons, Banuelos seems to have suddenly lost the strike zone at Trenton, one factor that has so far kept him from a promotion to Class AAA or beyond. He was rated the No. 13 prospect in the game by Baseball America in its midseason prospect rankings released July 7.
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Girardi said he’s curious about top lefthanded pitching prospect Manny Banuelos, who allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in five innings in his first Triple-A start last night. Should he pitch well in the coming weeks, he could be an option to help the big-league club. “Just any kind of help,” Girardi said without specifying a role. “You never know what our needs are going to be, that’s the thing.”

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