Two of the three Killer B's are likely to be buzzing around the Yankees clubhouse by the end of the week, although the most highly-touted of the trio of young pitchers, Manny Banuelos, will not be among them.
The Yankees added five more players today from the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, whose season ended on Monday, including Andrew Brackman, and GM Brian Cashman said Dellin Betances, a 6-8, 23-year-old righthander from Brooklyn, will probably join the team before this weekend.
Along with Brackman, rejoining the team were infielder Ramiro Pena, outfielder Greg Golson, and right-handed pitchers Hector Noesi, George Kontos. All were added to the active roster, and to make room, pitcher Lance Pendleton was designated for assignment.
Earlier, the Yankees had added catcher/DH Jesus Montero, RHP Scott Proctor, LHPs Aaron Laffey and Raul Valdes, infielder Brandon Laird and outfielder Chris Dickerson. Currently, there are 38 players on the roster.
Pena, Golson and Noesi are familiar faces; in fact, Noesi, who appeared in 24 games this season and had a 2-0 record and 3.42 ERA in relief, was only sent down last week to make room for the reactivation of Freddy Garcia. Pena appeared in 14 games before undergoing an appendectomy in July, and Golson appeared in 23 games in 2010 and one this season.
Brackman, however, was a surprise addition after suffering a horrendous first season in Triple-A ball, in which he was removed from the starting rotation with a 3-6 record and 6.00 ERA, due mainly to a lack of control; he walked 75 batters in 96 innings and uncorked 17 wild pitches.
The 25-year-old Brackman, the Yankees' first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2007 draft who was signed to a four-year, $4.55 million contract, may well be pitching for his future with the club.
“He has an option in his contract so we have to make a decision on whether we’re going to pick it up or not,’’ said Cashman. “He had an awful year as a starter. He’s much different out of the pen. Whether it’s good enough, I don’t know. We’ll take a look at him out of the bullpen and see.’’
Brackman’s option calls for the Yankees to play him $1 million if he makes the major-league team in 2012 and $400,000 if he returns to the minors. Kontos was 4-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 40 appearances for Scranton, all but four of them in relief.
Betances, who started a game for Scranton on Sunday and would not be available to pitch for a few more days, will probably be added before the Yankees leave for a West Coast trip after Thursday's makeup game in Baltimore. He went 4-6 with a 3.59 ERA for AA Trenton and 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA for Scranton.