Mood Music - You Never Give Me Your Money by The Beatles
Let's check up on some Yankee minor-leaguers in the Arizona Fall League, starting with 19 year old left handed starting pitcher Manuel Banuelos. In 25.0 innings for the Phoenix Desert Dogs (7 short starts), Man-Ban has accumulated the following numbers:
3.60 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 4.21 xFIP, 5.76 K/9, 3.60 BB/9, 60.7 GB%
He has also given up a grand total of 1 run in his last two starts (spanning 9 innings). I know that it's a small sample size and all that, but the Man-Crush-o-Meter is still at 9.8 (here's the only reason it's not at 10.0).
The AFL stats for some other folk you may know are less encouraging:
Austin Romine - 15 games, .276/.311/.328, 0 HR, .639 OPS
Brandon Laird - 25 games, .216/.266/.422, 4 HR, .688 OPS
And now, to throw some love to the InterGoogle:
- There has been some chatter about George Steinbrenner's case for the Hall of Fame, but what about his foil, Billy Martin?
- Can signing left handed pitching help the transition of Jesus Montero to the majors by better control of the running game?