Banuelos was on the prospect radar last year as a competitive, strike-throwing lefthander with a good changeup and a chance to add velocity. Now he’s a 19-year-old on the cusp of the majors with a three-pitch mix where all three pitches will at least flash above-average.
Banuelos did pick up some velocity and will now work at 90-94 mph with his fastball; he commands the pitch extremely well to both sides of the plate, and its only flaw is a lack of sink. His changeup in the 78-84 range has both excellent arm speed and tremendous fade, and he showed an improved curveball with two-plane break in the upper 70s.
Banuelos’ 2010 season started in June because he had his appendix removed right before the season started, but he had little trouble with high-A hitters and finished strongly in Double-A and in the Arizona Fall League.
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“The fans pay the bills, we owe it to ourselves and to them to put the best product out there. If we couldn’t get Cliff Lee, I’m really happy about getting Soriano. I just wish Lee would have given Brian the chance to meet with him, but [Lee] was on a hunting trip. He’s got his own reasons.”
Yeah, his reasons placed the Yanks third, a distance behind the Phillies and Texas. I think Cashman is very good and persuasive but all the charm in the world wasn’t going to put Cliff Lee in pinstripes. It just wasn’t meant to be.
“Hopefully our starters will get the job done. Hopefully Andy [Pettitte] will come back. He knows we want him back. It’s strictly up to him now. Even though he’s already got five rings, he’s the type, like Mo, like [Derek] Jeter, like [Jorge] Posada, he wants another one.”
I agree with all of this. The team is hoping for a lot to go right.…
@NYYEric: Cashman on Andy “He has told us essentially he doesn’t want to pitch but will let us know if he changes his mind..we would love him to play”
@NYYEric: Cashman on Andy “He has been honest with us..everyone wants him to play…but it comes down to what he wants to do”
Like the Joba-hurt-in-Texas “news” before, this is the first I’ve heard someone on the Yanks come out and admit that Andy Pettitte doesn’t want to play. It’s disappointing, but there’s still very much a part of me that Pettitte will enjoy hopping on the proverbial white horse and ride in to “save” the Yanks. I still want to see him take a final lap. I’m selfish that way.
@NYYEric: More Cashman on Andy “I know Andy well…I spoke to him last night..if he says he is in he is all in…he has been honest”
@NYYEric: “Would he makes us better?