“I had not seen him since last spring, and he just looks strong and more poised,” a National League scout told Goldstein. “He’s 93-96 mph and showing three above-average pitches right now. I saw (Michael Pineda) the following day, and while I know that’s not the same Pineda we saw last year, based just on those two looks, I’d take Banuelos.”
That’s certainly encouraging to hear. The primary reason Banuelos was sent down was likely because the Yankees don’t see him in their 2012 plans. There is no reason to rush him. He’s still extremely young, still just 21, and they’d probably like him to get a full season at Triple-A in before promoting him. Guys like David Phelps and Adam Warren, while they are not better prospects than Banuelos, are much more likely to actually pitch in the Bronx this season short of Banuelos absolutely destroying Triple-A hitters.