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Mariano Rivera praises Manny Banuelos

Updated: March 10, 2011, 10:40 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The greatest pitching prospect whom Mariano Rivera had ever seen was 1991 first overall pick Brien Taylor. Taylor and Rivera were teammates for Class A Fort Lauderdale in 1992.

In the nearly two decades since then, Rivera has watched prospects come and go, but he has never seen one better than Taylor.

Until now.

The greatest closer in the game thinks 19-year-old lefty Manny Banuelos is the greatest pitching prospect he has ever seen.

"I would say so," ...

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