Banuelos impresses in Rising Stars Showcase

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Behind the plate, Montero's time could be soon

Time to get you caught up on all the winter ball action…

AzFL Phoenix (14-5 loss to Peoria on Thursday)
Brandon Laird, LF: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – threw a runner out at second
Jose Pirela, 2B: 1 for 4, 1 E (fielding)
Ryan Pope: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – four pitches, three strikes

AzFL Phoenix (10-0 loss to Scottsdale on Friday)
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 4, 2 K
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 K, 1 PB – threw out both attempted basestealers, including 2010 first overall pick Bryce Harper

AzFL Rising Stars Showcase (West beat East 3-2, walk-off style)
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – started and batted cleanup … drove in the run with a groundout in the first … made a few routine fly balls look slightly adventurous (he reminded me of Johnny Damon with the all the turning around), but he caught everything he should have
Austin Romine, C: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 PB – started and batted fifth … singled off Mariners’ prospect Josh Fields … allowed a run to score from third on the passed ball
Manny Banuelos: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-2 GB/FB – 18 of 31 pitches were strikes (58.1%) … he got victimized by some bad luck in the second (run scored on a would-be inning ending grounder through the third baseman’s legs) … PitchFX had him topping out at 95, and watching the game I was impressed with how easy the ball came out of his hands, there’s very little effort in his delivery … the breaking ball needs work, but he got swings and misses consistently with his fastball and changeup

There are no AzFL games today, so here’s an update on everyone playing in various other winter leagues…

Australian Baseball League
Kyle Perkins: 1 G, 0 for 2, 2 K – I didn’t even know the ABL existed, but it’s good Perkins gets to go home for the winter and keep playing

Dominican Winter League
Wilkins Arias: 7 G, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
Jon Ortiz: 3 G, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP)
Zack Segovia: 3 IP, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (1.80 ERA, 0.40 WHIP)

Mexican Pacific League
Justin Christian: 21 G, 35 for 86, 15 R, 7 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 11 SB, 0 CS (.407/.474/.628) – killin’ it
Walt Ibarra: 21 G, 18 for 68, 15 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 SB, 1 CS (.265/.311/.309)
Jorge Vazquez: 3 G, 2 for 11, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K (.182/.182/.455)
Francisco Gil: 4 G, 6 ER, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 WP (10.50 ERA, 2.17 WHIP) – didn’t pitch last week
Eric Wordekemper: 10 G, 9.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 9 K (7.71 ERA, 1.61 WHIP)

Puerto Rican League
Rene Rivera: 9 G, 9 for 30, 6 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 10 K 9 (.233/.343/.433)

Venezuelan Winter League
Jose Gil: 14 G, 13 for 47, 4 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K (.277/.300/.447)
Edwar Gonzalez: 10 G, 4 for 13, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (.308/.357/.385)
Luis Nunez: 7 G, 2 for 10, 1 R (.200/.200/.200) – didn’t play at all last week
Marcos Vechionacci: 15 G, 17 for 51, 5 R, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 12 K, 3 SB, 1 CS (.333/.393/.412)
Romulo Sanchez: 2 G, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K (6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP)
Josh Schmidt: 5 G, 4 GS, 23.2 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 12 BB, 25 K, 1 HB (1.52 ERA, 1.001 WHIP) – solid

Still no sign of Juan Marcano, Emerson Landoni, Eduardo Sosa, Jesus Montero, and Jon Albaladejo. The first four are playing in Venezuela, Albie’s in Puerto Rico.

Football Open Thread
Behind the plate, Montero's time could be soon
  • YankeesJunkie

    If Banuelos is able to develop the FB and CH into plus pitches he should be set even if his CB and SL are show me pitches in the beginning. Considering he will be 19 in AA there is plenty of time to work, but I would not be surprised if he makes an impact for the Yankees in 2012.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      FB and CH are plus.

    • All Star Carl

      His fastball and changeup are great. He needs to work on the slider/curve, Which is the reason he is in the AZFL.

      • pat

        Mostly because he missed half the season because of the appendectomy.

      • Samuel

        His fastball and change are plus pitches. Last night, the changes he threw to Iglesias in the second inning had ridiculous tailing movement.

        His curve ball was really good when I saw him in Tampa and Trenton, throwing it to both sides of the plate,and in under the hands of RH hitters. He has not throw the curve much in the AFL, concentrating on both the FB and CH.

        A pitcher needs to throw the curve more often to get a better feel for the pitch, but Banuelos has decided to not go with it much here. Thus it is not good when he does use it.

        But the real reason he is here in the AFL is not to work on his curve, but to increase his innings total due to his late start this season. He is also here to face better competition.

  • dr mrs the yankee

    The ABL came back this year I believe. MLB is a financial backer.

  • Jeff

    Banuelos looked alot like Ricky Romero

  • Mixtapes

    FB is the best, period.

  • All Star Carl

    Crazy the kid is only 19.

  • MikeD

    Good to see he’s maintained the velocity. That’s why he moved forward on the prospect lists.

  • yankee fan in oz

    No wonder you didn’t know it existed they played the first game in the ABL for 10 years props for mentioning it. Another reason why this is a great blog .Yes it is being sponsored by the MLB and by the way the game was a sell out!!! (2000 people ha ha). The good news my home team won 1-0 the bad news is they are called the Sydney Blue Sox. A lot of representative sporting teams in NSW are called the Blues, but why the Sox I had to hold my tongue at the game.