Yesterday, Manny Banuelos made his MLB Debut for the Atlanta Braves. Needless to say, it was a very impressive debut for the 24 year old left-handed pitcher. Banuelos had the tough task of going head-to-head with the best pitcher in the MLB right now, Max Scherzer. If that isn’t intimidating, Scherzer happens to be on the hottest team in the National League right now, the Washington Nationals.
Banuelos wasn’t fazed at all, as he went 5 2/3 scoreless innings allowing only two hits and striking out seven batters. This included two impressive strikeouts against Bryce Harper. He showed great control with his fastball and had a very impressive changeup. Banuelos’ debut however was cut short because of dehydration and cramping in the sixth inning.
Before he exited the game, Banuelos hit both Denard Span and Danny Espinosa with pitches after having two outs in the sixth. The training staff came out, examined him, and then Banuelos exited the game. Even though we only saw him pitch for 5 2/3 innings, Banuelos showed a lot of potential in his MLB debut. Braves fans should be excited about him.
Banuelos was originally with the Yankees and was ranked as one of the top 50 overall prospects in the MLB. The Braves traded for him on January 1, 2015 and he had been performing exceptionally well for the Gwinnett Braves before being called up for his MLB debut.
I have a feeling that this isn’t the last incredible performance we’ll see from Banuelos and that he has the potential to be a really solid starting pitcher for Atlanta. Banuelos is scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday at Milwaukee.