It’s been an up-and-down career for Banuelos, who was once considered the Yankees’ top prospect. He has been in the Yankees’ system since he was 17-years-old. A series of injuries, as well as a lack of consistency had derailed his once promising path to the Majors. He’s still just 23 and has time to figure things out.
This is a huge a step in the right direction for Banuelos, who got off to a rough start this year, but seems to be shaking off the rust from Tommy John surgery. He has a 4.23 ERA this season in 21 starts between Tampa and Trenton. His record is 1-3, as he was on a very strict pitch-count early on. He has given up more than one run just once in his last four starts.
There is no telling how the next few weeks will progress for Banuelos, and I have no idea what the Yankees’ plan is for him, but if Man-Ban does well in Triple-A, there is a chance you could see him in the Bronx when the rosters expand next month. The Yankees would likely use him as a lefty out of the bullpen for the remainder of this season if he is called up.
The irony in all of that, would be seeing two players (Banuelos and Dellin Betances) that have both been viewed as top-prospects, as well as colossal busts, coming out of the same Major League bullpen.
There has been no word yet on a corresponding move, or when Banuelos will debut for the RailRiders.