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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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Manny Banuelos was forced to leave his major league debut against the Nationals on Thursday due to cramping and dehydration.
Banuelos was magnificent until the cramps hit him in the sixth innings, causing him to hit two consecutive batters before departing. He racked up seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of work, walking none and allowing just two hits. The talented young left-hander should be good to go the next time his spot comes up in the rotation, which will be on Tuesday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Jul 2 - 9:15 PM

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Manny Banuelos was forced to leave his major league debut in the sixth inning on Thursday with an apparent injury.

Banuelos was visited by the trainer and pulled after consecutive hit batsmen in the sixth inning. He had been absolutely dealing prior to that point, hurling 5 2/3 shutout innings while allowing just two hits and striking out seven. The Braves should have an update on his status soon.
Jul 2 - 9:03 PM

Braves recalled LHP Manny Banuelos from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Banuelos will make his major league debut Thursday in the Braves' series finale against the Nationals. The 24-year-old former top prospect has registered a strong 2.29 ERA and 69/38 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings this season for Gwinnett but probably isn't worth the one-time stream in most fantasy leagues. If he gets an extended look, that may change.
Jul 2 - 11:25 AM

The Braves are expected to recall Manny Banuelos from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday to make his major league debut versus the Nationals.

He'll be taking Williams Perez's (foot) spot in the rotation. Acquired from the Yankees over the offseason in the David Carpenter deal, Banuelos holds a 2.29 ERA and 69/38 K/BB ratio over 82 2/3 innings for Gwinnett this season. His stay might be short, but he's worth a look in NL-only leagues.
Jun 30 - 7:43 PM

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

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

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2B1Jace Peterson
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Juan Uribe
2Chris Johnson
3Kelly Johnson
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S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Williams Perez
6Matt Wisler
7Daniel Winkler
8Bronson Arroyo
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2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Nick Masset
6Andrew McKirahan
7Dana Eveland
8Brandon Cunniff
9Chris Withrow
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