In case you missed it, the "Killer B's" are now a duo as the Yankees released former first-round draft pick Andrew Brackman earlier this week (via Twitter).
The terms of Brackman's contract forced the Yankees to release him if they did not pick up his option (also via Twitter) We looked at the 6'10" righty back in September, shortly after he was called up to join the Yankees.
So, that leaves us with the two über-prospects: Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.
Many fans hoped that either one, or perhaps both, would be serious contenders for a spot at the back of the Yankees rotation in 2012.
According to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, that likely will not be the case.
Cashman would like to see both pitchers throw more innings. He indicated that 600 innings in the minor leagues is when he believes that pitchers have experienced nearly everything possible, while also fully developed their secondary pitches.
Betances has thrown 426 minor league innings, while Banuelos has only logged 345.
The newly-signed GM specifically mentioned Hector Noesi, David Phelps and Adam Warren as young arms who are ahead of both Banuelos and Betances in their development.
Interestingly enough, none of those three have the requisite 600 minor league innings, either.
Noesi, while he has 56.1 major league innings under his belt, only has 377.2 minor league innings in six minor league seasons.
Warren has 344 innings over three seasons, and Phelps leads all with 496.2 innings pitched.
While it is understandable that the Yankees do not want to rush their two most prized prospects, one would think that the innings "rule" would apply to all of the young pitchers in the organization.
But apparently it does not, and fans should expect to see either Phelps and/or Warren break camp with the Yankees in 2012 instead of Banuelos and/or Betances.