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Saturday morning notes: Banuelos sees opportunity again

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 15, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Manuel Banuelos

When you’re 21 years old and feel on the verge of a dream come true, two years becomes a long time to wait. And Manny Banuelos is ready for the wait to be over.

“It was two years ago,” Banuelos said this morning in the Yankees clubhouse. “That was a long time. I remember I tried to compete, but I had bad outings because my command wasn’t that good, so they sent me down to Triple-A. I tried to work hard and do whatever I can, but after I got hurt, I can’t do anything. … I thought (that) was my big chance. But I have a chance now, and I want to work hard to get to the big leagues. If I don’t make the team here, try to get a call-up soon.”

Banuelos turned 21 during that 2012 spring training, when he became an on-the-verge prospect sensation in big league camp. He didn’t break camp with the Yankees, but he seemed well on his way. He went to Triple-A and lasted six starts. By the end of the year, he had Tommy John surgery.

“I’ve got to be positive every day, because when I got hurt, when I had my surgery, I thought my career was over,” he said. “But if I work hard, I can come back, and I think I did.”

Late last year, Banuelos was throwing simulated games at the Yankees minor league complex. He took roughly two months to rest this offseason, and began playing catch in late November. He’s been encouraged by his early bullpens here in Tampa — “Everything is the same,” he said. “I want to know about my velocity now, but it feels strong.” — and he’ll face hitters in live batting practice on Wednesday. Now on the verge of turning 23, Banuelos said he considers himself a legitimate candidate for the fifth starter spot. If not that, he’d be perfectly happy to break camp as a big league reliever.

“When I was doing my sim games, I was a little bit scared to throw the ball, especially my breaking balls,” Banuelos said. “After that rest, it feels normal. … After two long years, now I feel ready.”

J.R. Murphy, Derek Jeter· Word is that J.R. Murphy actually goes by the name John Ryan. The Yankees are now listing him that way on the spring training roster, and his locker nameplate says “John Ryan Murphy” instead of J.R. Murphy. Reminds me of when Phil Hughes was called “Philip” during his first few years in the minor league system. It got listed that way early on, and he was a kid coming up, so he never corrected anyone.

· Most of the position player lockers are empty at the moment, but a select few have jerseys hanging in them. And that might be a good sign for Eduardo Nunez. The players with a jersey already hanging in their locker: Nunez, Ellsbury, Ryan, Johnson, Teixeira, Beltran, Jeter, Gardner, Soriano and Ichiro. Brian Roberts doesn’t have a jersey, but he does have every other piece of the uniform already in his locker. Those could be the guys who actually break camp with the team. None of the other position players — non-catchers — has a jersey at the moment.

· Pretty good set of bullpens happening later this morning. Each of the Yankees top four starters will be in the bullpen today.

· A handful of guys threw early light sides this morning, including Chase Whitley, who’s an interesting case as a candidate for the big league bullpen. He’s been used for multiple innings in the minors, and has pitched well in Triple-A for two years now, but if he doesn’t make the big league bullpen there’s a chance he’ll be stretched out as a starter. Whitley said the Yankees have told him the Triple-A rotation is a possibility, but it’s still pretty up in the air. He’ll focus on being a bullpen candidate for the time being. I’ve known Whitley for a couple of years, but just found out today that he was primarily a third baseman in college. Didn’t pitch full-time until he came to the Yankees.

· Had a very brief conversation with David Herndon, one of several veteran relievers in camp on a minor league deal and trying to break through in this wide open bullpen. Herndon was a solid Phillies reliever in 2011, and he was back with them in 2012 before needing Tommy John surgery. He had some controlled innings late last year, but Herndon said now he feels back to 100 percent with absolutely no discomfort in his elbow.

· The Yankees started their orientation meeting at 9:30. There will be bullpens and batting practice later this morning. Pitchers who aren’t throwing bullpens will do their throwing program and fielding drills.

· Today’s early sides:
Preston Claiborne (to Austin Romine)
Jim Miller (to John Ryan Murphy)
David Phelps (to Francisco Cervelli)
Adam Warren (to Brian McCann)

Dellin Betances (to Gary Sanchez)
Robert Coello (to Pete O’Brien)
Fred Lewis (to Francisco Arcia)
Nik Turley (to Jose Gil)
Chase Whitley (to Roman Rodriguez)

Shane Greene (to McCann)
David Herndon (to Cervelli)
Bryan Mitchell (to Murphy)
Jose Ramirez (to Romine)

· Today’s late-morning bullpens
Hiroki Kuroda (to Murphy)
Ivan Nova (to Romine)
CC Sabathia (to McCann)
Tanaka (to Cervelli)

Bruce Billings (to Sanchez)
Dan Burawa (to Arcia)
Vidal Nuno (to O’Brien)
Francisco Rondon (to Gil)

· Batting practice groups
Group 1: Francisco Arcia, Jose Gil, Pete O’Brien, Gary Sanchez
Group 2: Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine, Francisco Cervelli

Associated Press photos

 
 

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67 Responses to “Saturday morning notes: Banuelos sees opportunity again”

  1. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    USA!USA!USA!

  2. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Isn’t it lovely to see a real baseball story?

  3. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Oshie!

  4. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Hey, hey, get out of my way, I just came back from the USA! ( Song we sang as kids in the seventies ) – you guys winning the medal count?, I have no idea what’s going on.

  5. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Jiminez been signed yet? I could put the radio sports on, but I’m sick of listening to talk about whether we took the right hockey payers. Don Cherry says it will be an unmitigated disaster if the men don t win – unfair given the quality of the teams. Granted, Canada could have fielded 3 teams.

  6. MTU February 15th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Morning Folks.

    Just getting back up to speed.

    I learned another valuable lesson.

    Never, ever do any strenuous exercise after consuming alcohol.

    It will make you very sick.

    :(

  7. MTU February 15th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Mills-

    No. And the odd thing is that there seems to be little in the way of chatter about him.

    It kind of surprises me.

  8. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Selane ( Fins )became the oldest player to score a goal in Olympic mens hockey. I remember when the guy broke in with 70 something goals as a rookie. Peter Nedved is still plaiyng of all things with the Czechs. I think the guy goes back to nearly the eighties. Oh well, they don’t rough it up as much in these wider rinks ( by the time you go and try to rub somebody out along the boards there’s nothing there, plus you have to worry about those European refs )so I guess you can last.

  9. MTU February 15th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Banuelos is still the Yankees #1 pitching prospect at the ripe old age of 23.

    Followed closely by Jose Ramirez who is also at AAA.

  10. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    MTU, there’s a story about the Philly Flyers in the 1970′s. They all drank hard and played, Reggie Leach ( sniper ) not the least of them. One player took Reggie aside and said, ” you play better after getting hammered “. Reggie apparantly was quite hung over during a playoff game about ’76 when he scored 5 goals.

  11. MTU February 15th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Mills-

    Apparently Hockey players are a lot tougher than I am.

    I got dehydrated and suffered from overexertion.

    The net result was almost a visit to the Dr.

    You would think I would know better after all these years.

  12. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    David Wells said he was hung over for that perfect game. You’d think all the pizza would have absorbed the ethanol, so he must have drunk quite a bit. Mantle told a story of hitting a pinch hit homer while wrecked ( he thought he was designated for a day off ).

  13. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Ya. And all that beer and chicken helped Boston in 2012. C’mon.

  14. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Doc Ellis tossed his pefect game on acid. Temmates on the bench had to prod him when it was time to go back on the mound.

  15. MTU February 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Mills-

    I wasn’t hung over. I still had alcohol in my system at the time I was exercising.

    I did not use good judgment for sure.

    Will not be doing that again.

  16. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dzYntT_HKRg

    Reggie Leach’s 5 playoff goals in one game while apparently absolutely wrecked.

  17. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Ya. Doc Ellis tossed that no no against a team of stoners. It was the early 70′s. But it wasn’t a perfect game. He was also 63 yrs old when he died of liver cirrhosis.

  18. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    always hated the shoot-outs no matter who wins, just play till someone scores in OT

  19. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    snow sucks..

  20. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vUhSYLRw14

    J.Mills just for you. Doc tells it like it was.

  21. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Reggie Leach is aboriginal. Genetically the Irish and Czechs metabolize alcohol the fastest. Reggie has commented how alcohol shortened his career. The man came through everything and does a lot of great work with youths.

  22. Revenge of Stoneburner February 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Sherman had it again back in December

    http://nypost.com/2013/12/28/y.....-rotation/

    if Yanks get Pineda and Banuelos to join this rotation over the next 12-15 months, it would be transformative. 4/5 of a rotation under 30 and either entering their prime years or approaching it.

  23. MTU February 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Mop walk time.

    Later.

  24. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:01 am
    always hated the shoot-outs no matter who wins, just play till someone scores in OT

    Maybe we should go to homerun derby instead of extra innings. lol

  25. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am
    joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:01 am
    always hated the shoot-outs no matter who wins, just play till someone scores in OT

    Maybe we should go to homerun derby instead of extra innings. lol
    ————————————————-
    watch out someone may pick up on that

  26. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    these hockey games should be played like Cup finals ..really don’t see the point of a shoot-out

  27. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Say it ain’t so Joeman.

  28. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    don’t get me wrong I’m glad they won

  29. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Thanks Exile. I love that seventies funk soundtrack. Anybody like Roy Ayers? – ” we live in Brooklyn baby “

  30. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The shootout is a gimmick meant to capture those with limited attention spans.

  31. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    jmills…Jays have to grab one of those remaining FA SPers…..wouldn’t mind seeing the NYY sign R Madson…

  32. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Baseball has been called a present day anachronism. I like the drawn out meditational aspect of it, and wish they would kill the music and strobe lights between each pitch at the dome, I can’t hear my transister radio!

  33. joeman February 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:14 am
    The shootout is a gimmick meant to capture those with limited attention spans.
    ———————————
    bet Vladimir Putin hates right now

  34. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    joeman, double A is starving Jimenez and Santana mean and lean.

  35. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I can’t believe they called off that third period goal. The ref will need protection. But from the look on Putin’s face, I doubt they’d get any.

  36. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I remember in the ’81 Canada Cup, Canada and Rick Middleton dumped the Soviets 7-3 in the preliminary round only to have Mike Liut turn into the human sieve while losing 8-1 in the final. Last time the Russians won a significant international tournament. Good!!!

  37. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Sweeny Murti 11m.

    Brian Cashman has arrived. 11 months after fractured leg, walking without a limp. Appears to be on schedule for Opening Day.

  38. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    The Russians still claim they won the ’72 summit series vs Canada because they scored one more total goal. With those East German refs its a bloody miracle those out of shape Canadians sans Bobby Orr won.

  39. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    When I get Romero back on the rails you guys are in trouble.

  40. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Many Canadins are like me – men’s gold in hockey is the only medal that matters. I swear a good portion saying they care about luge and figure skating are liers.

  41. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    216 career OPS, 56-0 K/BB “@jonbernhardt: Reminder that if everything goes according to plan, Bartolo Colon will get about 75 PA this year”

    rude RT @NCSox: @jonbernhardt @Brandon_Warne Judging by his girth, he gets about that many plate appearances each week.

    Matt Harvey may in fact be on the mound for Mets this year… Seems Bartolo Colon may have ate him.

  42. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I’ve won as many times as the Mets who lucked out even having a chance to conquer in ’73. Then they go and trade Seaver for essentially Pat Zachry.

  43. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    The NL East was so bad in ’73, even the Expos were in the hunt.

  44. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    It is free to walk from the U.S. border into Canada, but it costs 50 cents to walk back into the U.S.

  45. AAA February 15th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    USA!USA!USA!

    ===================

    You didn’t think Team USA’s loss to Russia in curling would go unavenged, did you?

  46. AAA February 15th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    these hockey games should be played like Cup finals ..really don’t see the point of a shoot-out

    =========================

    Shootouts are trash. Don’t necessarily mind them in the group games, but I see that they’ll being using them in elimination games as well (following a 20 minute 5 on 5 OT). That sucks.

  47. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    50 cents? That’s so funny, but you wouldn’t want to joke with those border guards. I get nervous crossing, and I never even buy anything.

  48. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Draft 2 Dynasty?@Draft2Dynasty·4 mins
    My boy Peter O’Brien putting on a power show.

  49. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Canada lost to Hasek and the Czechs in a shootout in ’98. Gretzky was looking up at Joe Sakic in the stands who was on crutches- the only guy to have beaten Dominek in that season’s All Star skills day.

  50. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    It will serve the Olympic ideal right if the Finnish goalie gets hot and knocks everybody out.

  51. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Al MacInness told a curious story years after the ’98 Oympics. He says he regrets not unnerving Hasek by putting a slapshot of his cage.

  52. bbb51 February 15th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve known Whitley for a couple of years, but just found out today that he was primarily a third baseman in college. Didn’t pitch full-time until he came to the Yankees.

    Can he hit?

  53. 86w183 February 15th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    exiledintampa—-

    Saw O’Brien several times when he was in college. He has big time power…. just not sure if there is a place for him on the field. He may be too big and lumbering for 3B or C.

    First base maybe, but if you have someone fill in for Tex you would want it to be versus RHP.

  54. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Bobby Hull never aimed at a goalie’s head, but did have a happy trick. Come the end of a shift he would lace a high, slightly errant one to to screw the netminder up. Next shift, he’d put a low hard one by the guy’s feet. One time he got Johnny Bower in the head. Bobby waited after the game to check in on Johnny.

  55. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Is it in the 60s in Tampa?

  56. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    tom, I forgot to ask. You made it through the storm in one piece?

  57. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    64 partly cloudy.

  58. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    jmills,
    Yes, but by dumb luck. The counties just east and south of here got clobbered, thousands still without power, many of them until Monday, probably

  59. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    exiled,
    Somebody said the stadium was open to fans during the drills today. Did you go out, or will you?

  60. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hopefully Monday it only is. Awful for small business restaurants and their freezers.

  61. exiledintampa February 15th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Don’t know Tom. It would be difficult right now. Really bad back problem.

  62. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Question: What is the usual routine for pitchers early in ST. What will the guys who did BPs today be doing tomorrow?

  63. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    For blake:

    ?@PeteAbe Farrell didn’t set a date. But said #RedSox would have to move on from Stephen Drew at some point to be fair to players actually in camp

  64. tomingeorgia February 15th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    exiled,
    Sorry to hear that. Nothing is fun when the back happens. Get better.

  65. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Exiled, you’re going to need good anti inlammatories and nobody bugging you for an entended period of time. We’ll try and take your mind off things.

  66. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    With all that money, the Jays should sign both Jimenez and Santana. Throw them at the wall, see which one sticks.

  67. jmills February 15th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    tom, I’ve got this ” Practical English Handbook ” 10th Edition. It keeps staring at me from its place beside the toaster. When I learn how to sit on it and do the osmosis thing, I’m going to rite reel good, eh! :D

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