One of the game’s top outfield prospects, Wil Myers, is expected to miss another 10-12 days after going on the disabled list Sunday with a knee infection, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports.
The 20-year-old Myers, who moved from catcher to right field this season, is hitting .284/.357/.392 in 74 at-bats as one of the youngest players in the Texas League. He excelled last year, batting .315/.429/.506 while splitting time between low-A Burlington and high-A Wilmington.
With a big season in Double-A this year, the thinking was that Myers might be ready to step into the Kansas City outfield in 2012. That’s still possible, but he is going to have to show more power. Plus, the Royals may have some interest in re-signing Jeff Francoeur if things continue as is.
Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.
OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.
It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.