"There are so many good pitchers in our organization and it's being overlooked. DJ Mitchell, (David) Phelps, (Dellin) Betances, (Andrew) Brackman. They're all really good. I had the good fortune to catch a few of them in Double A and see them go up and I'm really proud of that. Then I got a younger crop that came up from (Class) A. Those guys are making big strides. Banuelos out here was lights out in (the AFL All-Star game). That was one of the top starts I've seen.Having this many great arms in the system should make spring training a bit more fun than usual. If things remain the same (no Pettitte and only three real starters) it will be interesting to see if anyone has any standout spring performances that might get them in the mix.
"That's tough for a 19 year old kid. Ninety percent of the guys on that field (in the AFL A-S game) are going to the big leagues and he came out and to pitch the way he did, he should be nothing but confident now. And I love seeing him gaining that confidence every month, it seems like, from when I got him from high A. He came up wide-eyed, a young kid. I didn't know who he was and he was throwing gas. To see him mature over that time is great. He's only 19 now and that's young and he's mature over his years."
As far as Banuelos is concerned, he's set to begin the year at Double-A Trenton.