The starting pitcher for the Thunder against Altoona (a Pirates farm club) Sunday night--Derek Jeter's second rehab game--is Manny Banuelos, perhaps the most cherished arm in the Yankees’ minor league system. Manager Tony Franklin said that Banuelos was not as sharp at the start of the season as he has been lately, but the arc is definitely on the upswing.
“He’s throwing his fastball, locating his fastball,” Franklin said. “There is no question about his ability, his stuff. It’s a matter of consistency. He’ll be in New York soon enough.
“We went through a rash of injuries throughout the organization and when something like that happens, you start thinking `Well, [Dellin] Betances and Banuelos are they ready?’ They will be,” Franklin said. “I’m not so sure that they’re ready now. I’d always like to see them be more mature so when they get there they can stay.”