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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: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:35 am

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

You are right, zep, there is no such thing as "untouchable." But it is the GM's job to say they are, so he can get more for them if they do end up trading them. Bit this year they may be untouchable, because thinking they will be tied with the Bosox at the trade deadline is wishful thinking. They will take their lumps this year and be tooled next year much as they were in 1996 when they built the dynasty that is now coming to an end.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:00 am

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

it's more of are young arms that he is refering to not jesus montero the yankees have more than one catcher not as good as he is but lets face it theres not many catcher in the majors that are as good with the bat as he is... but hard throwing lefty's with mid 90's heat and nasty breaking ball along with the two righty's you would need to pass up a king felix the league atleast the AL east should take a deep breath and enjoy the fact the yankees don't bring them up this year. they can shut it down brackman to me is the worst one and he still can put your teams light out

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:32 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

Montero has been kept because the Mariners chose another package for Cliff Lee.  The fact that he was offered up last year shows that he isn't untouchable.  There is no such thing as untouchable.  The Yanks would give up any two of those prospects for King Felix.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:16 pm

Certain Yankees prospects are 'untouchable'

I'd really like to believe Cashman when he says some of the yanks prospects are "Untouchable," but when the trade deadline comes around this year and they're tied w/ the red sox for the division lead, my money's on the yankees going after a big name starting pitcher in order to make a late season push to attempt to win the division, even if it means trading a bunch of their top prospects. Cashman stated they were not giving away their 1st rd draft pick this year, then 2 weeks later they override cashman's decision and trade the pick for soriano...  Cashman is clearly not the guy in complete control of the NYY organization, so he can say what he wants, but I don't expect yankee or non-yankee fans to believe him. They'd be smart to keep Banuelos, he'll be dirt cheap to sign to a longer term contract based on his age, and he's a very exciting player to watch.

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