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MLB: New York Yankees Prospects: Curbing My Enthusiasim For The Killer B's

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Andrew Brackman #66 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on Photo Day at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 23, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Bernadette PasleyContributor IMarch 4, 2011

Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman. The Killer B's. These three Yankee pitching prospects are turning heads down in Spring Training right now. Everyone is excited about what they've done in the early goings-on of camp and about what they could do for the team in the future.  The enthusiasm of Yankee fans is through the roof.

Well, pardon me if I curb my enthusiasm about these three guys. As a matter of fact, I think everyone should curb their enthusiasm about the Killer B's. These three guys are not just baseball prospects, they are Yankee prospects. What does that mean?  It means they don't have the same chance as prospects on other teams do, of making their Major League debut with the club they were drafted by. They could be traded away before that happens.

I hope that doesn't happen but I am afraid that it might, especially when I hear talk of the Twins' Francisco Liriano possibly coming to New York.  I wouldn't want to see Banuelos or Betances making a Major League debut in a few years wearing a Twins uniform, but I could. Seeing prospects end up succeeding on other teams: An occupational hazard of being a Yankee fan.

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