According to Piecoro, Banda is joining Yankees prospect Nick Solak in Tampa, while the Diamondbacks are getting Steven Souza from the Rays and sending Brandon Drury to New York. Banda, one of the Diamondbacks' top prospects, struggled mightily in 2017, posting a 5.39 ERA across 122 innings (22 starts) with Triple-A Reno while putting together a similarly poor 5.96 ERA across 25.2 innings in his first taste of the majors. Right now he projects as a No. 5 starter or high-leverage reliever, though that could change if his secondary offerings improve. The 24-year-old should have a chance to earn a rotation spot with the Rays if he impresses during camp.
Banda threw a pair of scoreless innings in Monday's 9-2 loss to the Giants. He gave up one hit and struck out two batters.
After making spot starts in each of his first four appearances with the big club this season, Banda has been relegated to a long-relief role since his Sept. 9 promotion to the Diamondbacks. Though Banda has looked strong in both of his appearances in September, the likelihood that fifth starter Patrick Corbin will move to the bullpen in the postseason to serve as the Diamondbacks' primary long reliever probably takes the rookie out of contention for a spot on the playoff roster.
Banda was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports.
Reno was eliminated from the Triple-A playoffs Thursday night, freeing up Banda to return to the Diamondbacks. The lefty made four starts for Arizona earlier in the second half, but he largely struggled and the team has not given any indication that it plans to deploy Banda in the rotation over the remaining weeks.
The left-hander returns to the aces after he allowed eight runs in four innings Tuesday. Banda sustained a 7.32 ERA in four big-league starts but wasn't much better in the Pacific Coast League at 5.13. The 24-year-old will work on his approach before likely getting the call again in September. In the meantime, the Diamondbacks probably will announce a new starter for Sunday, when Banda was supposed to take the hill.
Banda (1-3) allowed eight runs on nine hits and three walks across four innings in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday. He struck out three.
Banda was knocked around in the second inning to the tune of five runs on six hits and a wild pitch. He was touched up for another three runs over the next two frames and was removed after working up to 91 pitches. Banda delivered a quality start in his second big-league outing, but his other three starts have been ugly. He figures to lose his rotation spot once Robbie Ray (concussion) is cleared to return, but with that not expected to happen until next week, Banda should pick up another start Sunday against the Twins.
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