Monday, February 28, 2011

Banuelos Impressive in Spring Training Debut

I'm not sure that Banuelos could have performed much better in his one-inning debut. It took Banuelos all of seven pitches, all strikes, to retire the side in the fourth inning. He struck out two (both looking) and retired the other on a weak grounder. While these games don't count for much of anything (beyond rhetoric), I cannot imagine that anyone expected Banuelos to perform so masterfully against Major League hitters - particularly on the heels of Betances' fine outing. Here are a couple of snippets from Buster Olney on Banuelos' performance:

As much as I anticipated the arrivals of Chamberlain, Kennedy, and Hughes a few years back, I have never been quite this excited for a crop of Yankees prospects - and it's not terribly close.

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