With the last two spots of the starting rotation still vacant, many wonder if top-pitching prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will be considered for the job. According to Cashman, that would be a no.
“Betances and Banuelos aren’t earning spots in the rotation out of spring training,” Cashman told the New York Daily News, “They’re going to get their first taste of big-league camp, then they’re going to get slotted into Trenton. They have no chance to make this team.”
For once Brian, I actually agree with you.
At the tender age of 19 and 22, both of these pitchers have a long and hopefully successful career ahead of them. There is no need to rush them into the Major Leagues as of yet, just look at what happened to Joba Chamberlain. He appeared on the scene as a prominent and powerful reliever with great aspects ahead of him. In 2008, Chamberlain became a part of the starting rotation and a short time after that he struggled as a pitcher, never returning to the dominant pitcher he once was.
Therefore, giving these two pitchers time before entering the majors full-time seems like a wise decision on Cashman’s part, but will they be kept out of the majors for long?
Here are eight reasons why the Yankees won’t be able to resist Banuelos and Betances this season.