Sunday, March 6, 2011

Martin on Banuelos: He's Like Clayton Kershaw

How about a little more Man-Ban?

This comes from Bryan Hoch:
"He has as good stuff as I've seen," said Russell Martin, who caught Banuelos' two scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Friday. "I compare it to [Clayton] Kershaw or even more polished than Kershaw, which is pretty good."


Manager Joe Girardi wouldn't bite on the Kershaw comparison, but he remains impressed by what Banuelos, who turns 20 on March 13, has already done in camp.

"From looking at him where I'm standing, it doesn't look like he has any fear," Girardi said. "He's aggressive, he has confidence in his offspeed stuff that he can throw it behind in the count and he doesn't nibble. He goes right at hitters."


"He's tremendous. He's poised out there," Martin said. "You forget that he's 19 years old. He's not scared at all. He just gets the ball and throws it, whatever you put down. He actually has an idea; he's not afraid to shake off. He has a good idea how to pitch and he's only 19, but he knows how to do it."
In three scoreless innings this spring, Banuelos has allowed a hit and a walk, and struck out five.

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