Banuelos was assigned to the Angels' minor league camp Tuesday. The undersized left-hander has endured health concerns through much of his career and had trouble controlling his pitches since returning from elbow surgery in September 2015. The Braves parted ways with him this offseason following three unproductive stops in the minors in 2016, and the control issues cropped up for him again in spring training while attending camp as a non-roster invitee with the Angels. He walked seven batters over 8.2 innings, taking away much of the luster from the 2.08 ERA he supplied.
Banuelos was invited to Angels camp for spring training. The 25-year-old spent all of 2016 progressing his way through the Braves minor league system, ending in Triple-A Gwinnett, where he struggled. Banuelos posted a 4.75 ERA across 30.1 innings there, registering more walks (22) than strikeouts (21) in the process. He'll likely serve as organizational depth in 2017.
Banuelos signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Sunday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Banuelos had spent much of his season with the Braves at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he posted a lofty 4.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. His control, or lack thereof, has left much to be desired. With Gwinnett, Banuelos walked 22 batters over 30.1 innings, managing to record just 21 strikeouts along the way.
Banuelos was designated for assignment Friday by the Braves, Kevin McAlpin of BravesRadioNet reports. Banuelos has really struggled this season for the Braves, accumulating a 5.33 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with 32 walks in 50.2 innings. The 25-year-old former top prospect now finds himself without a team as he goes through the wavier process.
Banuelos was activated from the disabled list Monday and optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, Charles Odum of the Associated Press reports. Banuelos was on the DL while recovering from some elbow soreness, but it seems the Braves are finally ready to let him pitch fully. He'll start with their Triple-A affiliate, but considering the tumult at the major league level, he could even garner a few starts in Atlanta if he finds success in the minors.
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