Manny Banuelos’ chances of joining the Yankees’ bullpen as a second lefty when the rosters expand Sept. 1 aren’t good.
“You may or may not see him. It’s more likely you won’t see him,’’ GM Brian Cashman said Monday. “There are no plans for him to join us. He is 20 years old. He is at Triple-A (Scranton-Wilkes Barre) right now and there are no plans to push him. That could change, but . . . ’’
This is certainly for the best. A few months back it looked like the Yankees definitely needed an upgrade to their lefty bullpen corps, but Boone Logan has really come on strong lately. In his last 20 appearances he has a 1.76 ERA over 15.1 innings. He has also struck out an impressive 22 batters to just three walks over that time. So the need for another lefty is certainly not as dire as it once seemed.
Banuelos is just 20-years-old as well and despite his quick promotion to Triple-A he doesn’t need to be rushed to the majors as well. He is currently at a career high 112 innings pitched and it just all seems like too much too soon for the young phenom. Besides, his 4.7 BB/9 ratio shows that he still has things to work on down there. Another full season in the minors is probably best for him and the Yankees.
Plus, the Yankees signing of Raul Valdes this week suggests that they would really rather not call him up this season anyway.