September 26, 2022
Yankees call up reliever Manny Banuelos more than a decade after signing

ST. PETERSBURG — Manny Banuelos knew that eventually, his journey would end with him wearing a Yankees uniform in the big leagues. It just took a lot longer for it to happen. In 2008, Banuelos was signed out of his native Mexico and was considered one of the brightest up-and-coming arms in the Yankees organization. Along with Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances, he was one of the “Killer B’s,” who were going to be the future of the franchise.

“It’s huge, it’s huge for me. Everybody knows the story I started here. And a lot of people are telling me that it’s supposed to happen like 10 years ago, but I was late, you know? Never give up,” Banuelos said. “I said yesterday, this is my dream pitch in the big leagues, but with the Yankees and hopefully today’s the day. I can’t wait to be out there and do my best to help the team win.”

Banuelos was activated by the Yankees before Thursday’s series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field to be in their bullpen because of injuries. Pitching coach Matt Blake said after hearing so much about Banuelos, who was traded from the Yankees to the Braves in 2015, he was surprised he never got to the big leagues with the Bombers.

Banuelos made his big league debut in 2015 with the Braves and made 16 big league appearances with the White Sox. Injuries got in his way and the Killer B’s ended up being just Betances.

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