Yankees Scouting Report: Manny Banuelos

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IAugust 20, 2010

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Third base is seen prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Frankie Piliere is a former MLB scout and is currently a writer for AOL FanHouse. He had a chance to watch the Yankees top pitching prospect LHP Manny Banuelos this week and came away very impressed. Here is a link to his article and here is a quick recap of what he had to say:

Physical description

  • Banuelos has added bulk to what was once considered a smallish frame.
  • He’s athletic which helps him repeat his delivery well.
  • He is right where he needs to be physically.

Mechanics

  • Banuelos has “well-above-average command” thanks to “very consistent delivery.”
  • He works from a three-quarter arm angle.
  • He “creates a nice downward angle despite his lack of height.”
  • He has problems occasionally working underneath his pitches.

Fastball

  • His fastball is the biggest change from last year. It was 90-92 mph; it’s now 93-94 and occasionally works 95-96. He’s even hit up to 97 mph.
  • That is considered “a true plus fastball.”
  • He can “be a bit reckless with his location in the zone at times.”

Curveball

  • His curveball is another significant difference between this season and last.
  • “His downer curveball was a consistent plus, six pitch on the 2-8 scouting scale."
  • It clocks in at 75-79 mph.
  • When he keeps it down in the zone, “it’s a true swing-and-miss, above-average pitch.”

Changeup

  • Banuelos’ best pitch, even after improvement with his other pitches.
  • It clocks in at 78-82 mph with “big two-seam action and dead-fish drop.”
  • He has enough confidence to go to it in hitter’s counts.
  • “It’s a pitch that really sets him apart and will allow him to move quickly.”

Summary

  • There is a very short list of left handed MLB pitchers who can throw 93 mph or better.
  • His command will also further set him apart.
  • His only negative may be his lack of size.
  • If he can remain healthy and “keep his shorter frame in check” he is capable of being a front-of-the-rotation starter.

Click here to read Piliere’s entire article.

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