{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["spring_training" ] }

Cashman: Banuelos likely bound for Minors

Cashman: Banuelos likely bound for Minors

|
Cashman: Banuelos likely bound for Minors
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- General manager Brian Cashman said again on Monday that they won't consider it. The left-hander who just turned 20 on Sunday thinks he can handle it.

Whether or not there's any shot of Manny Banuelos pitching for the Yankees this season, he was impressive Monday night in 2 2/3 scoreless innings against an Opening Day-caliber Red Sox lineup.

"Yeah, I do. I think I'm ready," a confident Banuelos said afterward at City of Palms Park. "Just get a little bit better [at] things and I'm ready."

Making a spot start for the injured Sergio Mitre, Banuelos showed his stuff with a pair of strikeouts -- Carl Crawford in the first inning on a fastball and Kevin Youkilis in the third inning on a changeup, the latter coming on his 53rd and final pitch of the night. Banuelos threw 28 strikes and gave up two hits and three walks, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second. The walks were his lone blemish.

2010 Spring Training - null
Sights & Sounds
Spring Training Info

"It's the first time he walked a few guys. There could have been a little bit [of nerves] there," manager Joe Girardi said. "But I thought he handled it well. I think he has three quality pitches, and he can locate his fastball. The command has to get better, and I think it'll continue to get better."

Asked again before the game if there was a chance that Banuelos could break camp with the Yankees, Cashman was again firm.

"He's not making this team," he said.

Well, he was mostly firm.

"We always have the right to change our minds," Cashman said. "But I don't mean to open a can of worms in saying that there's a chance that he's going to be pitching for us."

Banuelos, who wasn't nervous about facing a powerful Boston lineup, returned to the clubhouse to find about 10 text messages waiting for him, and he said his family in Mexico was watching the game on TV.

"It was a big day," said Banuelos. "My last time when I faced Boston, it was different. Today, it was the big league hitters. I thought a lot about this game. It's a good team. That was good for me."

The whole spring has been good. In 7 2/3 innings this spring, Banuelos has not allowed a run.

"Let's put it this way: probably most people couldn't pronounce his name before camp," Cashman said. "I think everybody pronounces it now accurately."

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["spring_training" ] }
{"content":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español