Prospects on the Verge: Manny Banuelos

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Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA players look out from the dugout during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. USA defeated World 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boogie, an old Oakland scout reflects on a young Billy Beane in Michael Lewis‘sMoneyball, “Billy was a guy you could dream on,” he said wistfully. There in lies the tantalizing nature of prospects: you can imagine them to be anything. In a 19 year old throwing gas on some slipshod Single-A mound, you can see an ace racking up strikeouts in Fenway Park and a skinny dominican cracking balls deep into the gaps of rookie league stadiums is clearly just a few years away from turning the spacious Petco Park into a bandbox.

But eventually time rears its ceaseless hands and dreams must either be realized or melt into a grim or mundane reality. Prospects have to eventually perform at the show; so we here at Grading On The Curve are running down the list of prospects who could make a major impact this year. One from each team, next up is the New York Yankees and starting pitcher Manny Banuelos.

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