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Manuel Banuelos (born March 13, 1991) is a minor league baseball pitcher in the New York Yankees organization. He currently plays for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

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In 2008, the Yankees signed four players, including Banuelos and Alfredo Aceves, from the Mexican League for $450,000.[1] Banuelos participated in the All-Star Futures Game in 2009.[2]

Banuelos missed some time during the 2010 season with an appendectomy, but has since demonstrated strong development, with a mid-90s fastball and above-average secondary pitches that include a changeup and curveball.[3] In 2010, Banuelos split time between the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees and the Class-AA Trenton Thunder. Banuelos was also a standout during the 2010 season of the Arizona Fall League, earning the start in the team's all-star game.

Before the 2010 season, He was rated as the Yankees sixth best prospect according to Baseball America and in 2011 he was rated as the fourth best.[4][5] He was also one of the top 50 overall prospects according to MLB.com.[6]

In 2011, Banuelos was invited to spring training with the Yankees for the first time, drawing rave reviews.[1][7][8] Mariano Rivera said that he believes Banuelos is the best pitching prospect he has seen.[9] He won the James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the best rookie in camp.[10] He was promoted to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on August 2. In his Triple-A debut, Banuelos struck out eight in five innings against the Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs. [11]


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