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Manny Bañuelos
Los Angeles Dodgers
Born: (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 27)
Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 2, 2015, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 1–4
Earned run average 5.13
Strikeouts 19

Manuel Bañuelos (born March 13, 1991) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves.


New York Yankees

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

Bañuelos 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, Bañuelos split time between the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees and the Class-AA Trenton Thunder. Bañuelos 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[6]

In 2011, Bañuelos was invited to spring training with the Yankees for the first time, drawing rave reviews.[1][7][8] Mariano Rivera said that he believed Bañuelos was the best pitching prospect he had seen.[9] He won the James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the best rookie in camp.[10] He was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Triple-A International League on August 2.[11]

Bañuelos was again invited to spring training in 2012.[12] After struggling through injuries during the 2012 season, Bañuelos underwent Tommy John surgery, and, therefore, missed the entire 2013 season.[13] He returned to pitch for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014.

Atlanta Braves

On January 1, 2015, Bañuelos was traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.[14] He was invited to spring training, and sent to Triple–A Gwinnett on March 27.[15] He was called up to the major leagues to make his debut on July 2, 2015.[16] Bañuelos pitched ​5 23 innings and recorded seven strikeouts and no earned runs against the Washington Nationals that same day. He ended the outing by hitting Denard Span and Danny Espinosa and was removed from the game due to cramping and dehydration.[17][18] Later that month, tests revealed that Bañuelos had a bone spur. He was sent to the minors for rest and rehabilitation, before a second callup in September. The bone spur continued to bother him, andBañuelos underwent surgery to remove it on September 17.[19]

In 2016, Bañuelos contended for a spot in the rotation. However, on March 22, he began to feel discomfort in his pitching elbow and underwent an MRI that uncovered no irregularities.[20] The team placed Bañuelos in extended spring training until May, when he was cleared to join Gwinnett after a one-game rehab assignment with the low A Rome Braves.[21] On May 23, 2016, he was optioned to AAA Gwinnett.[22] Bañuelos was designated for assignment on August 12, after a demotion to AA Mississippi.[23]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On August 21, 2016, Bañuelos signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[24] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On November 17, 2017, Bañuelos signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was assigned to AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers for the 2018 season where he was selected to represent the Pacific Coast League at the Triple-A All-Star Game[25] and was also selected to the post-season PCL All-Star Team.[26] He made 31 appearances, with 18 starts and posted a 3.73 ERA with nine wins and seven loses.[27]


  1. ^ a b Harper, John (February 24, 2011). "Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos is turning heads at spring training". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Star-Crossed: Futures Game Upstaging Main Event". Long Island Press. July 16, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Piliere, Frank (August 19, 2010). "Full Scouting Report: Manny Banuelos". Fanhouse.
  4. ^ Manuel, John (December 16, 2009). "New York Yankees 2010 top 10 prospects". Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Manuel, John (November 10, 2010). "New York Yankees 2011 top 10 prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Hoch, Bryan (January 25, 2011). "Trio of Yankees among Top 50 prospects". Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Hoch, Bryan (March 9, 2011). "A fan first, Manny Banuelos living a dream at Yankees camp". Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Barbarisi, Daniel (March 1, 2011). "Rookie Pitchers Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances Turn Heads in Yankees Camp". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  9. ^ Marchand, Andrew (March 10, 2011). "Spring training 2011: New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera on Manny Banuelos: I like everything about him". Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Manny Banuelos wins 2011 James P. Dawson Award" (Press release). Major League Baseball. March 29, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  11. ^ Nalbone, John (July 31, 2011). "Trenton Thunder ace Manny Banuelos is on the move ... to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  12. ^ "Yankees invite 27 players to Spring Training". Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "A bump in the road for Manny Banuelos: Recovery from Tommy John surgery". Newsday. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  14. ^ Hoch, Bryan (January 1, 2015). "Yankees bring in 2 bullpen arms for Banuelos". Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  15. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 27, 2015). "Backup search still on as Braves option E. Perez". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  16. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 2, 2015). "Banuelos to make MLB debut in finale vs. Nats". Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  17. ^ Bowman, Mark; Collazo, Carlos (July 2, 2015). "Braves sink Scherzer with walk-off in ninth". Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  18. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 2, 2015). "Banuelos cramps up, exits scoreless debut". Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  19. ^ Bowman, Mark (September 17, 2015). "Banuelos has bone spur removed from elbow". Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  20. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 30, 2016). "Banuelos sidelined due to elbow issue". Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  21. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 24, 2016). "Snitker likes Inciarte in CF with Smith in .lineup". Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  22. ^ Constant, Andrew (May 23, 2016). "Syracuse Uses Late Rally To Best G-Braves". Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  23. ^ Bowman, Mark (August 12, 2016). "Smith's season may be over with broken thumb". Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  24. ^ "Manny Banuelos agrees to minor league deal with Angels". Sportsnet. August 21, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  25. ^ Jourdan, Cameron (June 28, 2018). "Four OKC Dodgers selected for Triple-A All-Star Game". newsok. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  26. ^ Pacific Coast League (August 27, 2018). "2018 All-Pacific Coast League team announced". Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  27. ^ "Manny Banuelos Overview". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 10, 2018.

External links

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