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Manny Banuelos | Starting Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 206
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Yankees optioned LHP Manny Banuelos to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Banuelos needs to make up for lost time after missing most of the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old could be an option for the Yankees' rotation at some point this season.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Manny Banuelos surrendered three runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday in his spring debut.

It was Banuelos' first appearance since Tommy John surgery in 2012. He'll finish his rehab in the minors this year before perhaps becoming an option for the Yankees after the All-Star break.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 05:38:00 PM

Manny Banuelos (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

Banuelos is expected to go just one inning. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in October 2012 and is still working his way back. The 22-year-old left-hander was once considered a top pitching prospect. He'll now try to regain that status.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that Manny Banuelos (elbow) is close to pitching in a Grapefruit League game.

Making his way back from October 2012 Tommy John surgery, Banuelos threw live batting practice on Monday. The young left-hander is a former top prospect but has thrown just 58 1/3 innings above Double-A and made only six starts since the beginning of the 2012 campaign. The soon-to-be 23-year-old needs some minor league seasoning.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 07:24:00 PM

Manny Banuelos, who is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, will face live hitters for the first time on Wednesday.

The supremely talented 22-year-old has thrown just 58 1/3 innings above the Double-A level in his career, but was on a normal throwing program this offseason and could crack the Opening Day bullpen with a strong spring.
Sat, Feb 15, 2014 09:59:00 AM

Manny Banuelos has a shot at making the Yankees out of spring as a reliever, a source tells Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

"Banuelos has got that big arm," a front office source said. "If it's still there and the lightning still strikes then you're going see people say, 'F--- it, bring him with us [on Opening Day].'" The 22-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery and has thrown just 58 1/3 innings above Double-A, but he remains one of the Yankees' better prospects and could force the issue with a strong spring. Despite the chance of starting in the bullpen, the left-hander is still viewed as a starter long-term.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 09:04:00 PM

If the Yankees are unable to sign Masahiro Tanaka should he end up being posted, general manager Brian Cashman hinted that the club could look in-house to fill their remaining voids in the rotation.

With C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova penciled in at the top of the staff, that would leave two spots open for competition between Manny Banuelos, Michael Pineda, David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno. A former highly-touted prospect, the 22-year-old Banuelos missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 09:02:00 AM

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