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The much-hyped duo of Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will likely start the season in triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Fans will be clamoring to see them, especially if one of them excels in the minors.
But the Yankees won’t rush them to the majors.
For starters, both pitchers need to improve their control before they are major league-ready, and with the Yankees’ revamped rotation there will be no rush to speed up their progress.
The new playoff format hurts their chances at breaking the Yankees’ rotation this year, as well.
Under the old eight-team format, the most likely time for them to start games for the Yankees would be in late September, after the Yankees clinch a playoff spot.
But this year, the Yankees are unlikely to take their feet off the gas and give unproven prospects late-season starts until they have clinched their division in order to avoid the new one-game Wild Card playoff. It’s unlikely the Yankees will clinch the division early enough in perhaps the strongest AL East ever to justify giving one of these two rookies a start.
Sorry, Yankee fans, but you will have to wait until 2013 to see these young men in the starting rotation.