The Mariners recently released left-hander Manny Banuelos, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page. Banuelos only spent a few months with the Mariners, who signed him to a minors pact near the beginning of February.
Now 29 years old, Banuelos ranked as one of the sport’s premier pitching prospects while part of the Yankees’ farm system. Banuelos topped out as Baseball America’s 29th-best farmhand in 2012, though injuries – including Tommy John surgery – have played a part in preventing him from realizing his potential.
Although his career hasn’t turned out as hoped so far, Banuelos is at least coming off a year in which he racked up a solid amount of innings as a member of the White Sox. He totaled 50 2/3 frames over 16 appearances (eight starts), though Banuelos could only notch a 6.93 ERA/6.57 FIP with 7.82 K/9 and 5.86 BB/9. It was his first major league action since a 26 1/3-inning run with the Braves in 2015, when he pitched to a 5.13 ERA. But Banuelos has been far better in Triple-A, as his 3.98 ERA with 8.4 K/9 against 4.4 BB/9 over 396 frames demonstrates.
Interesting. I wonder if he has anything left or any room to grow
Stats of starter vs reliever would be interesting to know.
I don’t even have to look them up, neither great. When he’s truly healthy he showed some life that he might be pretty good or at worse decent. Problem is, he couldn’t stay healthy. Not to mention I think some of it’s mental with him. I think he’s worth any team to sign him on a minor league cheap deal. Hope he has something left in the tank, but I doubt there is anything left. Might be time for him to try international ball
Another failed top Yankees prospect.
You’re a joke
Pirates if he will agree to pay them to let him pitch
Lol seems fair
As he’s 29, growth seems unlikely. If he can’t even be good in AAA, how can he ever contribute to an MLB team?
Right, I think people hold hope cause he always seems to be injured
He’s a lefty so the 3 batter minimum rule hurts his chances
M’s have a lot of similar pitchers like him rn. That being sad, probably would’ve been a solid swing man/innings eater when he’s up.
In my ootp save, he ended up getting really good after 2021 somehow and was an all star in 2022 lol totally would’ve happened irl
He isn’t an innings eater. He’s the type of guy a rebuilding team signs to a stupid cheap contract and hope he happen ms to figure it out. Kinda what the Sox did. Just didn’t work for him. Marlins, O’s … those might make some sense, otherwise off to Korea or the Mexican league
Houken- exactly! The M’s already have a pile of RP’s that give them an abundance of ‘cheap pitching’ plus only Swanson, Guilbeau and Cortes have options.
We have 1 or 2 (2020) Rule 5 picks, we spent $2.5 MM on 2 FA RP’s- that’s 2 spots in the pen. You know they’ll give Altavilla one more try before releasing him, we will almost certainly bring back Magill and (when healthy) Austin Adams. A couple of RP prospects each had strong ST camps. At some point even Justus Sheffield and/or Justin Dunn could end up in the pen and what happens if Logan Gilbert earns a SP spot? Does that put Graveman in the pen? They’ll prob trade him but you get my point. There’s only so many spots to fill. Not a huge surprise Banuelos was released.
Tbh seems like a good option for the O’s here. Especially if there’s an expanded roster this year. We’re stacked on these types of guys, but can never have too many.
I would always pick batters against him on Beat the Streak.
The Human Rain Delay
He gets back into that Yankee system his value and skill doubles overnight
Cashman was so ahead of his time, while other systems point out what a guy needs to work on down below if your a Yankee its all peaches and cream in case you ever need to be sold at a mark-up later