Manny Banuelos

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Manny Banuelos
Atlanta Braves
Born: (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 23)
Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Manuel "Manny" Banuelos (born March 13, 1991) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher in Minor League Baseball. He is currently a member of the Atlanta Braves organization.


New York Yankees[edit]

In 2008, the Yankees signed four players, including Banuelos and Alfredo Aceves, from the Mexican League for $450,000.[1] Banuelos participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2009.[2]

Banuelos missed some time during the 2010 season with an appendectomy, but has since demonstrated strong development, with a mid-90s fastball and above-average secondary pitches that include a changeup and curveball.[3] In 2010, Banuelos split time between the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees and the Class-AA Trenton Thunder. Banuelos was also a standout during the 2010 season of the Arizona Fall League, earning the start in the team's all-star game.

Before the 2010 season, He was rated as the Yankees sixth best prospect according to Baseball America, and in 2011 he was rated as the fourth best.[4][5] He was also one of the top 50 overall prospects according to[6]

In 2011, Banuelos was invited to spring training with the Yankees for the first time, drawing rave reviews.[1][7][8] Mariano Rivera said that he believes Banuelos is the best pitching prospect he has seen.[9] He won the James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the best rookie in camp.[10] He was promoted to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on August 2. In his Triple-A debut, Banuelos struck out eight in five innings against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[11]

Banuelos was again invited to spring training in 2012.[12] After struggling through injuries during the 2012 season, Banuelos underwent Tommy John surgery, and, therefore, missed the entire 2013 season.[13]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On January 1, 2015, Banuelos was traded to the Braves for pitchers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.[14]


  1. ^ a b Harper, John (February 24, 2011). "Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos is turning heads at spring training". Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Manny Banuelos to Pitch in ‘09 Futures Game — OurSports Central — Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. June 25, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Piliere, Frank (August 19, 2010). "Full Scouting Report: Manny Banuelos". Fanhouse. 
  4. ^ Manuel, John (December 16, 2009). "New York Yankees 2010 top 10 prospects". Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Manuel, John (November 10, 2010). "New York Yankees 2011 top 10 prospects". Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hoch, Bryan (January 25, 2011). "Trio of Yankees among Top 50 prospects". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Hoch, Bryan (March 9, 2011). "A fan first, Manny Banuelos living a dream at Yankees camp". Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Barbarisi, Daniel (March 1, 2011). "Rookie Pitchers Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances Turn Heads in Yankees Camp". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Marchand, Andrew (March 10, 2011). "Spring training 2011: New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera on Manny Banuelos: I like everything about him — ESPN New York". ESPN. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Manny Banuelos wins 2011 James P. Dawson Award" (Press release). Major League Baseball. March 29, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ Nalbone, John (July 31, 2011). "Trenton Thunder ace Manny Banuelos is on the move ... to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Yankees invite 27 players to Spring Training". New York Yankees. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ "A bump in the road for Manny Banuelos: Recovery from Tommy John surgery". Newsday. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Yankees trade Manny Banuelos to the Braves for a pair of pitchers - HardballTalk". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 

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