Tag:Dellin Betances
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:03 pm

Cashman won't rush pitching prospects

Manny Banuelos The Yankees are accused of many things -- buying titles, ruining baseball, stunting the popularity of sideburns -- but one accusation that is rarely thrust at baseball's most successful franchise is that of hurrying prospects to the big leagues.

General manager Brian Cashman doesn't want to start that trend now with their two top pitching prospects, lefty Manny Banuelos (pictured) and right-hander Dellin Betances.

"They shouldn't be caught up in our major-league problems," Cashman told the New York Post 's Joel Sherman .

So, no matter what happens with Andy Pettitte, the Yankees are hoping to start both in the minor leagues, likely Double-A, where both have made just three starts.

Banuelos won't turn 20 until March 13, but is one of the team's most valued prospects. The left-hander pitches in the 90s and can hit 95, despite standing just 5-foot-10.

Betances is older (he will be 23 in March) and taller (by nearly a foot, standing 6-8), but had surgery to reinforce an elbow ligament in 2009. Still, he came back throwing in the high-90s and has a plus-plus curveball.

Sherman notes the two could get some time in the bullpen in 2011, but it still seems a bit premature to fit either for pinstripes just yet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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