LADY AT THE BAT: And Then There Was One: Yankees Trade Banuelos To Braves

Friday, January 2, 2015

And Then There Was One: Yankees Trade Banuelos To Braves

The "Killer B's," comprised of Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman, were once the future of starting pitching for the New York Yankees. Of the three, Banuelos seemed to have the most potential. I, myself, could have bet that, though he was younger than the other two, Manny Banuelos would be the first to have success on a Major League mound.

Well, we all know how the story ended: Brackman is out of baseball. Betances is probably in line to be the next Yankees closer. Manny Banuelos is now an Atlanta Brave, after never regaining his form following Tommy John Surgery in 2012.

It's just another example of how inexact a science scouting is. An older example involves the late Mario Cuomo, who served as New York's governor for many years.  Cuomo, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, played baseball in his youth, and received a larger pro signing bonus than Mickey Mantle. Of course, we all know how that story ended as well.

Though the Yankee chapter has ended, the story of the career of Manny Banuelos has not.  He will have a chance to re-invent himself in Atlanta.  As a Yankee fan who waited years for his MLB career to begin, it will be very hard to watch from afar if that re-invention is a success.

Meanwhile, with the addition of David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve, the Yankee bullpen appears firmly solidified.  That is a good thing, considering how uncertain things are with the starting rotation. 

We'll see just how solid and/or uncertain they both are in less than two months.

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