With 2012 Spring Training games about to start, the question on New York Yankee fans is who are you most excited to see play this spring?
Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos. Image via newsday.com
My answer was easy, pitching prospect Manny Banuelos.
It is no secret that Banuelos has been on my radar for some time now, as I first wrote about him back in November of 2010 as being the Yankees Cheapest Cliff Lee Back-Up Plan.
When I saw the 5’10 lefty last Spring Training, my immediate thought was this kid is a future ace, just read Manny Mania, Manny Rules.
What was so impressive was that Banuelos clearly displayed the maturity of a Major League pitcher (read New York Finally Gets A Manny); by the way he controlled his emotions on the mound. No doubt there were flaws as he walked guys, but he remained poised when he got into jams.
A native Mexican features three pitches; a mid-nineties+ fastball with remarkable movement; a wicked change-up and a curveball that need some wo...