Manuel Banuelos (born March 13, 1991) is a minor league baseball pitcher in the New York Yankees organization. He currently plays for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Banuelos missed some time during the 2010 season with an appendectomy, but has since demonstrated strong development, with a mid-90s fastball and above-average secondary pitches that include a changeup and curveball. In 2010, Banuelos split time between the Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees and the Class-AA Trenton Thunder. Banuelos was also a standout during the 2010 season of the Arizona Fall League, earning the start in the team's all-star game.
Before the 2010 season, He was rated as the Yankees sixth best prospect according to Baseball America and in 2011 he was rated as the fourth best. He was also one of the top 50 overall prospects according to MLB.com.
In 2011, Banuelos was invited to spring training with the Yankees for the first time, drawing rave reviews. Mariano Rivera said that he believes Banuelos is the best pitching prospect he has seen. He won the James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the best rookie in camp. He was promoted to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on August 2. In his Triple-A debut, Banuelos struck out eight in five innings against the Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs. 
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