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Game Of The Week: Braves’ Banuelos Pitches 2 Hitter

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Atlanta Braves’ pitching prospect Manny Banuelos, has had times of triumph and turmoil throughout his young career but, this season it seems that he is back on track to make his Major League dreams come true!

On Monday night at Coolray Field, the 24 year old Banuelos, who is currently a member of the starting rotation for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves,  pitched his first career nine inning shutout allowing just two hits by the Indianapolis Indians, and struck out five on 101 pitches.

Banuelos has had a solid start to 2015, is 6-2 in fourteen starts and considered the eleventh best prospect in Atlanta’s Organization.

The lefty was originally signed by the New York Yankees in 2008 while playing in the Mexican League and was always seen as one of the top five prospects in the Yankees’ farm system.  He was then selected to play in the 2009 MLB Future’s Game and in 2011 was invited to the New York Yankees Spring Training. His strong performance in spring led to him being named the 2011 James P. Dawson Award Winner for the best rookie in camp.

After a rough start in 2012 he had to undergo Tommy John Surgery which caused him to miss the 2013 season and led to ups and down with the Yankees.

In January of 2015, Banuelos was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP David Carpenter and LHP Chasen Shreve.

So far it seems that the trade to the Braves may have been just what Manny Banuelos needed to make the next step in his career.

 

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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