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Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:05 pm
Manny Banuelos

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Despite the franchise's reputation as a mercenary of sort, the Yankees have shown a propensity to hold on to some of their top prospects under general manager Brian Cashman.

Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and even Jesus Montero have been kept instead of dealt in blockbuster deals for veteran players the past couple of years. That strategy is unlikely to change, even though the Yankees would like to upgrade their rotation.

"I have enough [trade] chips," Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger. "But if people want to demand certain bullets, those certain bullets I'm not going to shoot. … There are untouchables here."

When asked if the team's young pitchers are those untouchables, Cashman didn't exactly confirm it, but he pretty much did.

"You can figure them out," he said. "But there are certain guys. Like Phil Hughes. I said publicly I wouldn't want to trade Phil Hughes. I stopped trade discussion on Hughes on [Johan] Santana because he was a rare, special guy. And he's proven that out. He's helped us win a World Series in the bullpen, he won 18 games last year, and we have certain guys we think are potentially even better than he is. That excites us."

That's not hyperbole. Manny Banuelos (above), the left-hander celebrating his 20th birthday today, has had an incredible camp with the Yankees. In three outings and five innings, Banuelos has allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight.

Despite standing just 5-foot-10, Banuelos can touch 95 on the radar gun and has great control with the pitch, as well as plus pitches in his curveball and changeup.

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (left) is nearly a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than Banuelos and also throws with the other arm. However, the Yankees are just as high on him. A hard-thrower, he doesn't have the command Banuelos has, but throws a bit harder. He also has a hammer of a curveball.

Batances has appeared in three games this spring, going 4 2/3 innings. He's allowed four hits and two runs, walking five and striking out seven.

Don't expect either to wear anything but pinstripes in the future, and if they progress like most believe they can, it would be a surprise to see them in any other uniform for a long, long time.

Those two, along with Andrew Brackman, are the only minor league pitchers left in the team's camp.

Brackman has appeared in one game, pitching an inning, allowing hit and striking out one. The 6-foot-10 Brackman was the team's first-round pick in 2007.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:00 am

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:03 am

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

This could work out really well or really badly.  If these guys turn out to be superstars, which the Yankees obviously think, than it's genius, but if not than they missed out on some great trades.  (I believe the Cliff Lee deadline deal was messed up by the Yankees refusing to deal Jesus Montero...)

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:32 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

The same scrub squad that is the defending American League East champions? Do you have the books in front of you? How do you know what the Rays and Pirates do with their money in luxury tax? What's the solution then? Scrap the luxury tax? Let the gap between the big market and small market teams grow even wider? Lets contract every team that doesnt sell out every game. Guess how many teams would be left? 2. The Red Sox and Phillies.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 7:43 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Actually raysdude, your team does have the Yanks money.  A lot of it, in the form of a luxury tax.  As much as I hate the Sox their owner was right.  The Pirates ownership made somewhere around $30 million dollars last year while putting an absolutely terrible product on the field.  Teams like the Rays and Bucs, etc take the Yanks, Sox, Phils money and pocket it instead of reinvest it in their team.  Until the owners open up their books fans of smaller market teams have no right to talk trash about the teams that are subsidizing their scrub squads.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:57 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

I find it ironic that everyone is worried about the Yankee rotation while Beckett and Matzusaka each gave up five runs in less than four innings to split squad teams in their last spring training appearances.  Maybe the BoSox need to shore up their rotation a wee bit!

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:41 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Oh im really sorry. I didnt realize making a comment made me stupid and ignorant. Maybe I should just never comment on anything again. Live the rest of my life in a cave, where I cant hurt anyone anymore. And no my team doesnt have Yankee money. And that's great. I would hate to be the most evil team in sports. Have fun with that starting rotation this year.

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:04 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

actually raysdude it's called having fun. Yeah these trades will never happen and are not realistic, but obviously we are on a sports page commenting with other people who have no decision making at all in baseball. I'm sorry that you are so $tupid and ign0rant to realize that. Too bad your team doesnt have the flexibility to let you have fun. I guess all you think is "who's going to be gone next year since management can't find a way to make more money..."

Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 3:52 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

You Yankees fans are so so out of your minds its sad. This whole article is talking about how untouchable these prospects are, and all you can talk about is flipping them for the best young pitcher in baseball. Like you could really get King Felix. Like anybody could. It makes me laugh that Yankees fans see any player and they think they can get him. Trade for Pujols? Call the Phillies about Halladay while your at it.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:33 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Yea, and how is that trade working out for the M's?  Smoak is a joke and will never amount to anything decent in the majors!

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:34 am

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Betances & Brackman (plus extra) for King Felix??? Don't know if mariners would do it but that'd give the yankees a solid lefty-righty combination as starters for the future

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