It was another strong performance Monday for Gwinnett left-hander Manny Banuelos. He allowed just one run on five hits in six innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.
Banuelos got the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. His ERA is now 2.70. Banuelos has allowed 35 hits in 43.1 innings, 13 earned runs, 18 walks and 37 strikeouts.
Banuelos was acquired in January from the Yankees, who were very careful with him last season. It was Banuelos’ first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He had only 76.2 innings last year in 26 games. The Braves would like him to get around 125 innings this season. For that reason, and since Williams Perez and Matt Wisler are ahead of him in the pecking order, expect Banuelos to spend the entire season in Triple-A.
With reports Banuelos’ fastball has reached the mid-90s, and that his changeup is improving, it seems the southpaw is regaining his status as a top prospect. Four years ago Banuelos almost made the Yankees out of spring training with a tremendous few weeks in Florida. But Tommy John surgery slowed him down a bit.
The Braves gambled that he can come back, and it seems Banuelos may be doing just that with his solid start to the season.
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Banuelos does well again for Gwinnett
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