Journal News wrote:...the 24-year-old right-hander out of Southern Cal has had a breakout season in the system. Bannister has emerged on the radar as a legitimate prospect for the Mets and has also made himself attractive as a chip in potential trades.
After going 9-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 18 starts with Class AA Binghamton, Bannister opened in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13 and then moved right up to Class AAA Norfolk. In his first start, he turned in 5 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit, five-walk ball to earn a 5-1 win in Ottawa on Monday, making him look even more like somebody worth keeping.
"The thing with him is his tremendous ability to make adjustments," said Blaine Beatty, Binghamton's pitching coach. "He's a very intelligent kid. He's got a methodical work ethic and has a great feel for what his abilities are. He has a plan with everything he does. ... He's going to be good.