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Friday, March 16, 2012
Buzz: Manny B. cut, sent message

By Andrew Marchand

A recurring feature of the blog, Buzz, will follow Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, as well as other top Yankee prospects, all season long.

The Yankees had their first round of cuts and Manny Banuelos was one of them. There is definitely a message in that as Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell were all asked to stick around. Banuelos was told to take his stuff over to minor league camp.

Banuelos gave up four earned runs in five innings in major league camp. Joe Girardi pointed out the other day that Banuelos could not control his pitches well enough against Toronto in Dunedin. Mitchell, who could make the club as a long man, threw three perfect innings. Banuelos just turned 21.

Here are the rest of the cuts:
Re-assigned to Minor League Camp (10):
LHP Manny Banuelos
RHP Dan Burawa
RHP Brett Marshall
RHP Adam Miller
RHP Ryan Pope
RHP Graham Stoneburner
RHP Chase Whitley
C Kyle Higashioka
C J.R. Murphy
C Gary Sanchez

Optioned (4):
INF David Adams to Double-A Trenton
OF Zoilo Almonte to Double-A Trenton
INF Corban Joseph to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
OF Melky Mesa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Major League camp now stands at 56 players: 28 pitchers, five catchers, 13 infielders and 10 outfielders.