From beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution comes word that left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos is lined up to make his major league debut this Thursday night against the Nationals and ace right-hander Max Scherzer.
Banuelos sat 13th on MLB.com’s ranking of the top 100 prospects back in 2012 when he was with the Yankees, but elbow problems — Tommy John surgery, specifically — sidetracked his rise.
The 24-year-old was traded to Atlanta this past winter for relievers David Carpenter and Chase Shreve.
Banuelos has rebuilt some of his early-career hype this summer with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, Georgia, posting 2.29 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 82 2/3 innings (15 starts).
Watch as Dee Gordon belts a ball into the right-center field gap and turns on the jets …
That was the first inside-the-park home run in the four-year history of Miami’s Marlins Park.
From the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …
Gyorko was optioned to the minors on June 10 after batting .210/.282/.311 over his first 131 plate appearances. He posted very good numbers at Triple-A and should see semi-regular playing time at second base in his return to San Diego. Spangenberg and Yangervis Solarte have been splitting starts there.
Gyorko signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Friars in early-April 2014 after tallying 23 home runs and 63 RBI in 125 games as a rookie in 2013. He has just 12 homers and 52 RBI in 157 games since.