Coming into the year Baseball America rated Yankees left-hander Manny Banuelos the 29th-best prospect in baseball, but the 21-year-old has been limited to just six starts because of an elbow injury and the team announced that he won’t pitch again this season.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees hope shutting Banuelos down now will give him enough time to get healthy for winter ball and vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman told Marchand that doctors don’t think he’ll need surgery for a bone bruise.
When asked how the injury originally happened, Newman replied: “That’s a good question.”
If healthy Banuelos may have put himself in position to have a role with the Yankees down the stretch, but now he’ll almost surely begin next season back at Triple-A.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!