Friday, March 11, 2011

KLaw Says Banuelos Can Start in the Big Leagues Right Now

From a recent online chat with ESPN's Keith Law:
Joe (RI) Manny Buenlos has been lights out for the Yankees so far, how long before he forces his way to the bigs?

Klaw (12:19 PM)

Midyear? I feel like this is Heyward/Atlanta all over again, where you might let the best interests of the club in the current season trump long-term considerations - and it's not like Banuelos has a ton of things to work on in the minors. If they gave him a rotation spot now I wouldn't argue.
According to everything Cashman and the Yankees are saying, it's not going to happen. And if the Yankees don't want to potentially waste guys like Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon--whoever wins that 5th starter spot--I wouldn't hold it against them. I also wouldn't hold it against them if they continue to take it slow with Man-Ban. After all, the kid is turning just 20-years-old this weekend and hasn't pitched above Double-A.

But what if you were running things, would you give the kid a shot?

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