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New York Yankees Manny Banuelos Ranked As No. 2 Lefty Pitching Prospect

Manny Banuelos of the New York Yankees has been ranked as the No. 2 left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball for 2012 by MLB.com. Banuelos, who will be just 21 this season, split 2011 between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, finishing 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 27 starts.


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Of Banuelos, MLB.com says:

The stuff is definitely there for Banuelos to be successful at the Major League level. All he has to do is learn how to harness it more consistently. He has three pitches, a fastball, curve and changeup, that can be above-average or better. He's struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings throughout his Minor League career and his pure stuff has gotten better in recent years, so that should continue. His command is what's holding him back. He walked nearly five batters every nine innings in 2011 and often didn't command his fastball well within the strike zone. He's shown the ability to do it, and once he finds consistency, he could be ready to help out full-time.

Video of Banuelos after the jump.