Manny Banuelos Takes On Red Sox A-Team Tonight

Manuel BanuelosThe Yankees are playing the Boston Red Sox tonight in a spring training game and due to the injury to Sergio Mitre, Manuel Banuelos will pitch tonight.

Here is the lineup that Banuelos will face tonight:

  • Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  • Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  • Carl Crawford, LF
  • Kevin Youkillis, 3B
  • Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  • David Ortiz, DH
  • Mike Cameron, RF
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  • Marco Scutaro, SS

Spring training stats can be overblown, which is a big reason why I hardly discuss them, but this will be Banuelos’ very first test against the Red Sox lineup. So it will be very interesting to see how he does.

The Yankees have been pretty adamant about him starting the season in Double-A and they will stick to their word. That has more to do with the fact that he hasn’t pitched enough to be a starter in the majors yet.

If he’s seen at all in the majors this year it will be later on in the season out of the bullpen. The reason for that would be a likely innings restriction. If he pitches very well tonight, the Yankees are going to be awfully tempted to call him up sooner than later.

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5 Responses to Manny Banuelos Takes On Red Sox A-Team Tonight

  1. Ah, tonight's game was supposed to be on ESPN 2, but it is blacked out in our area. Oh well, we'll have to read about it after.

  2. highlander64 says:

    Banuelos looks terrific. He needs to throw a lot of innings in 2011 and build endurance…we should see him in 2012 unless the Yankees use him in trade for King Felix…

  3. The Captain says:

    Very solid outing by ManBan last night. I was almost happier to see him get into trouble and have to work his way out than have him breeze through everybody. Showed a lot about what kind of maturity he has.

    Last night was definitely a semi-audition for 2012 for him and I'd say he passed the test.

  4. JoeyP says:

    Of all the Yankees pitching prospects Banuelos is the one I wouldn't include even in a trade for King Felix. Banuelos has the advantage of being a lefty, something the Yankees need to win consistently. As early as 2012 we could see Sabathia and Banuelos in the rotation together. I'd include Montero and one of the other Killer B's for King Felix, largely because he's only 25 this year and under contract for 2 or 3 more. Also, the Yankees have Romine and Sanchez (possibly a higher ceiling than Montero and better defensively at age 19), both of whom should start in MLB some day. Romine may only be a year away, but Sanchez isn't far behind him despite his young age. Anyway, Seattle's not looking to trade felix any time soon, so let's just keep what we have!