Yesterday’s Spring Training game against the Boston Red Sox allowed me to get my first glimpse of Manny Banuelos in game action, and it was hard not to come away impressed. Overall, Banuelos threw 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and allowing a double and a walk. He faced a lineup that was mostly major leaguers, and did not look overmatched. He threw 28 pitches, including 20 fastballs, 5 changeups, and 3 curveballs. The fastball ranged in velocity from 92-96 mph, with the change consistently in the low 80′s, and the curve in the high 70′s. He was able to throw all 3 pitches for strikes, and didn’t miss his location very often. Banuelos did a great job at keeping the ball down, both with his fastball and the offspeed pitches, which likely contributed to his effectiveness. I’m no mechanics expert, but his delivery looked smooth and easy as reported.
One observation is that Banuelos was pretty consistent about the location of his pitches. He kept most of his fastballs on the 3rd-base side of the plate (inside to right-handed hitters), while most of the curveballs and changeups were on the first-base side of the plate. I’m not sure if this is where he feels most comfortable throwing or if Russell Martin was just using these locations frequently, but I wouldn’t have minded to see some more variation on the fastball location. All but one of the hitters he faced were righties, but the pattern was similar against lefty Josh Reddick (whom Banuelos fanned on 3 consecutive fastballs away). As for pitch sequencing, he threw offspeed pitches both when he was ahead and behind in the count (including a 1-0 changeup to Jed Lowrie and a 2-0 curveball to Jason Varitek), which demonstrates that he is confident enough in these pitches to use them at any time.
Banuelos did a great job working the corners, and very few of his pitches wound up over the middle of the plate. He threw some beautiful fastballs low and right on the inside corner, and the hitter had no chance. The fastball velocity and command were as good as advertised, and the few changeups I saw were well located. The curveball looked pretty good, though it didn’t have a huge break, and its location was a little more inconsistent. The changeup still appears to be his best secondary offering (consistent with the scouting reports), but the curveball looks to be more than just a show-me pitch.
With his combination of plus stuff, good location, and smooth mechanics, Banuelos will be well-equipped for future big league success. Russell Martin compared Manny his former teammate Clayton Kershaw, high praise for the young Banuelos. While Manny doesn’t have Kershaw’s size or raw stuff, the combination of velocity, command, advanced secondary offerings and polish bodes well for a major league future sooner rather than later.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- many dresses are especially for wedding or for other events2 on Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees