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- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 205 lb.
Manny Bañuelos was signed by scout Lee Sigman for the New York Yankees in 2008. He debuted with them the same year, going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA for the GCL Yankees. After a strong start with the 2009 Charleston Riverdogs, the Mexican southpaw was chosen for the 2009 Futures Game.
In 2011, Bañuelos attended the Yankees' spring training for the first time and impressed with his poise and polish after pitching a perfect inning against the Detroit Tigers and two scoreless frames against the Boston Red Sox in his first taste of Grapefruit League action. However, his career would then hit a snag, as he made only 7 starts for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2011, going 2-2, 4.19, and then was limited to 6 starts for the same team the next year. He then missed the entire 2013 season and had to re-establish himself from scratch in 2014. He began that season with the Class A Tampa Yankees, making five starts but pitching only 12 1/3 innings, then moved up to the AA Trenton Thunder. In 17 games, including 16 starts, he was kept on a short leash, pitching 49 innings, but he began to show results, with only 40 hits allowed and 44 strikeouts. He was then back at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to end the season, making another 4 starts and pitching 15 innings. Altogether, he was 2-3, 4.11, with 76 2/3 innings of work in 26 games, of which 25 were starts. Having now shown that he was back healthy, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves on January 1, 2015, in return for two relievers with major league experience, David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.