Future Watch: Anthony Banda Rookie Baseball Cards, Diamondbacks – Anthony Banda was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. Instead of starring for Milwaukee he was traded at the deadline to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Gerardo Parra deal.
This year has been a magic carpet ride for the talented lefty. He started in A+ ball, throwing 151 ⅔ innings while striking out 152 and earning an MLB.com nod naming him an All-Star. He pitched in the Futures Game giving up a tough two run home run but then he still got a promotion to the AAA Reno Aces. In AA he managed a 6-2 record and 84 strikeouts in just 76 ⅓ innings.
To date, in AAA he pitched 73 ⅔ innings while striking out 68. His 3.67 ERA is good considering the PCL is a hitters’ league so there’s every reason to believe that the 23 year old is on his way to becoming a big leaguer.
Panini America got the jump on Banada, including him in 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition. His first Bowman autograph is a paper version in 2015 Bowman Baseball. Anthony Banda has a Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph card (#CPA-ABA) in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball.
Here’s a look at Banda striking out 9 batters:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Banda worked in a piggyback system with the Brewers during his first taste of full-season ball, with mixed results. But he really took off after the trade, showing much better command and a better understanding of how to use his three-pitch mix. His fastball is a tick above average now, touching 93 mph with good life, and there might some more in the tank. ETA 2017.
He’s the D-Backs third ranked prospect. In August he pitched six scoreless innings while striking out 10, six of them to start the game. He’s special and he’ll be on the Diamondbacks roster at some point next season.
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