Manuel Banuelos Shut Down For The Season

Manuel Banuelos’ season is over. He will be shut down, with hopes of pitching a few innings in winter ball. Banuelos had been rehabbing a series of problems in his left elbow since May. He pitched just 20 innings in 2012.

Banuelos was still one of the youngest players at Triple-A, and showing promising...

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Post-deadline top 30 prospects

1. Gary Sanchez C (19): He’s topped my rankings since February, and I see no reason to change that now. Is off to a slow start since being promoted to High-A, but that’s to be expected. He raked in Charleston, however, improving his hitting stats across the board and showed improvement behind the plate by all accounts. His bat should continue to progress, and he now seems to have a realistic chance of sticking behind the plate.

2. Mason Williams CF (20): Drew more attention than any other prospect over the offseason, and backed it up with a strong start to the season in his first taste of full season ball, earning a promotion to High-A. His season is over now following surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, so for now we’ll have to hope he’s ready for Spring Training and another strong campaign next year in Tampa.

3. Manny Banuelos LHP (21): Widely considered the Yankees’ best prospect before the season, injuries and erratic performance have turned this into something of a lost season for Banuelos.…

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Checking in on Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira is, no doubt, a favorite off-season whipping boy of many in the Yankee world. Both fans and commentators alike bemoan his pull-happy approach and his general lack of contact. While everyone agrees that his defense at first is nothing short of spectacular, it seems that his offense is still a...

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Freddy Garcia does something remarkable

There is a lot of scientific stuff in the article about spin and the smooth part of the ball and the seams. The bottom line, it seems, is that Garcia at times throws a pitch that moves in the opposite way normal versions of the split-fingered pitch should move. According to the article, one physicist spent hours looking at the pitch frame by frame from video and even wrote a scientific paper about his findings. That link can be found within the article noted.

The article and the findings by the physicists does perhaps explain how Freddy Garcia can strikeout 6.2 major league batters per nine innings despite having absolutely nothing on the ball and a fastball that, on a really good day, can reach 87 miles per hour. Getting swings and misses is more than just speed. It is also throwing a pitch the batter does not expect with movement the batter cannot detect. The article quotes Chris Stewart and Russell Martin and they confirm that Garcia does throw this remarkable pitch with somewhat regularity.…

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The Farm Report: 8/5/12

Trenton beat Bowie 5-1:
The game was scoreless through four, but the Thunder finally came through in the fifth.  With two outs, JR Murphy homered to left center.  Walter Ibarra followed with the same and Jose Pirela lined a double to right.  He stole third and scored on a single by David Adams, giving the Thunder a 3-0 lead.  Bowie got one run back in the bottom of the inning.  Ibarra doubled in the ninth and scored on a wild pitch and an error.  Addison Maruszak and Adams hit back-to-back doubles for another run and Trenton took a 5-1 win.

Adams went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Ibarra went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and a RBI.  Murphy went 1-4 with a homer.  He struck out three times.  Brett Marshall made the start and gave up one run on four hits, three walks and five Ks.  Ryan Pope pitched a scoreless seventh, giving up one hit and striking out one.…

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