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Monday, December 5, 2011
Stick: I thought Manny B would come quicker, but "he'll figure it out."

By Andrew Marchand

After being a spring training sensation last year, Manny Banuelos looked as if he might shoot all the way through the system and to the majors. At least, that is what super scout Gene (Stick) Michael thought.

"I thought he might come a lot faster," Michael said here at the Winter Meetings. "I like him. He has a good arm. He has a great change-up, an above-average curveball. He needs to locate a little better. Maybe not pick quite as much as he was. But he is going to be a good one.

"He probably tries to hit spots a little too much. He should let his stuff work for him maybe a little more. I had a scout that told me -- and I'm using a line that a scout told me -- I said, 'I thought he was going to come a little faster, but the scout said to me -- and this is a good line, too -- 'He'll figure it out.'"

Banuelos, 20, was 6-7 with a 3.75 ERA at Double- and Triple-A. He is expected to start next season at Triple-A, but he could be up at some point.