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Manny Banuelos | Starting Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 206
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Braves prospect LHP Manny Banuelos allowed one earned run on five hits in six innings on Monday for Triple-A Gwinnett.
He walked one batter, hit a pair and struck out six in the outing, throwing 64 of 98 pitches for strikes. The 24-year-old left-hander has pitched well in eight starts for Gwinnett, posting a 3-0 record, 2.70 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 37/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 43 1/3 innings. Banuelos has been particularly sharp since the calendar flipped to May, with a 1.17 ERA and .220 opponents’ batting average in 23 innings (four starts) this month. It’s seemingly only a matter of time until the Braves offer him a crack at the big league rotation. May 19 - 1:21 PM

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Braves prospect Manny Banuelos starred in Saturday's win for Triple-A Gwinnett, holding Toledo to two hits in six scoreless innings.

Banuelos hasn't lost yet this year, starting the season 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA. Saturday's outing included three strikeouts and the same number of walks. His fastball topped out at 94, though he spent most of the night in the 91-92 mph range. Banuelos may never throw as hard as he did before Tommy John surgery but he's still giving Gwinnett meaningful innings. This is his first year with the Braves after spending eight seasons in the Yankees' farm system.
May 3 - 5:04 PM

Braves prospect LHP Manny Banuelos allowed one earned run in five innings on Wednesday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

He allowed four hits and two walks in the outing and struck out seven batters. The Braves acquired Banuelos from the Yankees during the offseason as part of their system rebuild, hoping that the 24-year-old might return to the form that made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects heading into the 2012 season. Given the state of Atlanta’s staff, Banuelos should have plenty of opportunities to carve out a role in the big leagues this season as either a starter or reliever.
Apr 16 - 4:28 PM

Braves optioned LHP Manny Banuelos to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Banuelos was a long shot to win a rotation spot after being acquired from the Yankees over the winter. The lefty isn't the top prospect he once was but still could be an intriguing guy and has a shot to spend time in the big league rotation this season.
Mar 27 - 9:25 AM

Despite allowing four hits, Manny Banuelos pitched three scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against the Phillies.

It's really hard to tell what direction the Braves are leaning in with their fifth starter and their last couple of relievers, what with James Russell pitching four innings yesterday and Cody Martin, who has outperformed everyone in the rotation mix, being limited to one inning in relief today. Banuelos is lucky to still be in camp after entering today with a 17.18 ERA, but he's still in the running for some kind of gig, probably in relief. Realistically, he belongs in Triple-A.
Mar 24 - 5:15 PM

Manny Banuelos was lit up for five runs in two-thirds of an inning by the Mets on Friday.

Banuelos is technically in the mix for a spot in the Braves rotation, but there was just no way he figured to be ready for that responsibility. Expect him to be optioned out to Triple-A. He might even be used as a reliever initiaily, with the idea of managing his innings for the season.
Mar 13 - 6:01 PM

Manny Banuelos allowed two runs -- one earned -- in an inning of relief versus the Mets on Saturday.

The Braves are still looking at Banuelos as a long-term starter, but they are considering having him open this season as a reliever, largely because he'll be on an innings limit anyway. He's probably Triple-A bound either way.
Mar 7 - 5:24 PM

Braves acquired LHP Manny Banuelos from the Yankees in exchange for RHP David Carpenter and LHP Chason Shreve.

Banuelos' star has faded since he was deemed one of the best pitching prospects in the game a couple years ago, as he has gone through Tommy John surgery and had an underwhelming 4.11 ERA in the minors in 2014. Still, he'll turn just 24 in March and is a nice high-upside gamble by the Braves. The left-hander is expected to compete for a rotation spot in spring training and could wind up with some sleeper appeal if he wins a job.
Jan 1 - 7:48 PM

Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Braves have acquired left-hander Manny Banuelos from the Yankees for right-hander David Carpenter and left-hander Chasen Shreve.

It wasn't too long ago that Banuelos was considered one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects, but things didn't work out as planned. He had Tommy John surgery in October of 2012 and posted a 4.11 ERA and 71/31 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings over 25 starts and one relief appearance between three levels in the minors last season in his return to action. His star has faded considerably, but he doesn't turn 24 until March, so there's still some hope for him. Still, the Yankees did well here. Carpenter has a 2.63 ERA with 10.0 K/9 over the past two seasons and should step right into the backend of the Yankees' bullpen while Shreve has the chance to be a quality left-handed specialist.
Jan 1 - 5:38 PM

Yankees prospect LHP Manny Banuelos allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk and struck out four batters over five innings on Tuesday in his season debut with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Banuelos, 23, was moved up to Triple-A despite posting a 4.59 ERA and allowing eight home runs over 49 innings at Double-A Trenton. The promotion likely had more to do with the fact that he’d posted a 2.04 ERA and 16-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his previous 17 2/3 innings (four starts). The former top prospect is now the closest he’s been to the major leagues since 2012, before he underwent Tommy John surgery and was forced to miss all of 2013. It’s worth noting that Banuelos is on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, so the team could potentially use him in September provided he continues to pitch well in Triple-A.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos struck out four batters over five innings, scattering three walks and one hit for Double-A Trenton on Friday.

Banuelos has been great over his last three starts, holding opposing batters to a .067/.160/.156 line with 11 strikeouts in 14 innings. He has looked strong in his return from Tommy John surgery, though his future role is clouded by his small size (he's listed at 5'10") and his inability to throw strikes on a consistent basis. He has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher, but could also be a force at the back of a bullpen.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 10:39:00 AM

Yankees prospect left-hander Manny Banuelos has been placed on the disabled list with Double-A Trenton due to blisters.

It probably won't keep him out of action for long. Banuelos, who missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery, has a 3.31 ERA and 35/11 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over 13 starts and one relief appearance this year between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Yankees prospect LHP Manny Banuelos has been promoted to Double-A Trenton.

The 23-year-old actually was promoted in time to start for Trenton on Tuesday. Banuelos pitched well in his season debut at the more advanced level, allowing two hits and striking out four in three scoreless frames. Still working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2012, Banuelos posted a 2.84 ERA and 14/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 15 2/3 innings at High-A Tampa before the recent promotion.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 01:38:00 AM

Yankees prospect left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos allowed four runs on five hits, failing to complete one inning on Saturday.

Banuelos only got two batters out, one by strikeout, in his first bad start in his return from Tommy John surgery. Two years ago, Banuelos was a 21-year old in Triple-A and now he's a 23-year old in High-A, so the Yankees cannot be as patient with his command woes as they were in the past. Banuelos has done well in his return, with an 11.2 K/9 and 1.034 WHIP in 9 2/3 innings over four starts.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Yankees prospect LHP Manny Banuelos was impressive in his second start of the season on Tuesday, as he scattered four hits and struck out two batters in three scoreless innings for High-A Tampa.

Banuelos logged only 24 innings over the last two years due to Tommy John surgery, and it will likely take some time for the 23-year-old to return to his pre-2012 form. That being said, he's off to a promising start this season at High-A Tampa, as the left-hander is yet to allow a run through six innings and owns a 5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 01:15:00 PM

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