Banuelos to start tonight; Kontos returned to Yankees
His numbers so far look like this: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, HBP, 8 SO
That's pretty darn good for anyone, 20 years old or not. The more impressive part, to me, is the weapons he's using to do it. The fastball, topping in the mid-90s, comes out of his hand as easy as can be, and the hook he's sporting has been as effective as ever. His change-up has also been pretty nasty.
He's going to start the year where he ended 2010 - in Trenton, opposite the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the only team he recorded a win against last year. If he keeps impressing people, however, I doubt he'll be with the Thunder very long.
Kontos returned: George Kontos, one of the two Yankees farmhands selected in this year's Rule 5 draft, has been returned by the San Diego Padres. The man who led all Bombers minor leaguers in strikeouts in 2008 allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings with the Padres before being returned.
He's probably slotted for the Scranton bullpen.