Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome to Yankee Stadium: Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances (RHP) was called up a few days ago but I missed it.  He has yet to pitch.

Betances was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB draft by the Yankees out of Grand Street High School in Brooklyn, NY at age 18.  He is big guy at 6'8" 255 lbs.

He was sent first to the Golf Coast League (GCL) for the remainder of the 2006 season.  There he went 0-1 with a 1.16 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 7 walks in 7 starts and 23.1 innings.

Before the 2007 season he was ranked as the #100 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.  That season at Staten Island (Low A Short Season) he went 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA, 29 strikeouts, and 17 walks in 6 starts and 25 innings.

After the 2007 season he dropped out of the top 100 prospect by Baseball America.  In 2008 he started the season back in the GCL.  There he went 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA, 6 strikeouts, and 3 walks in 3 games, 2 starts, and 6.1 innings.  He was then promoted to Charleston (Low A) where he went 9-4 with a 3.67 ERA, 135 strikeouts, and 59 walks in 22 starts and 115.1 innings.  As you can tell from his strikeout to walk ratio he is another Yankee prospect who struggles with his control at times.

Going into the 2009 season Betances was sent to Tampa (High A).  There he went 2-5 with 5.48 ERA, 44 strikeouts, and 27 walks in 11 starts and 44.1 innings.  After this season his prospect title was in jeopardy.  He had gone from one of the top Yankee prospect to a fringe prospect who needed to prove he could still bring it.

He did just that in 2010.  That season he started a Tampa again and went 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 88 strikeouts, and 19 walks in 14 starts and 71 innings.  He got a call-up to Trenton (AA) at the end of the season.  There he went 0-0 with a 3.77 ERA, 20 strikeouts, and 3 walks in 3 starts and 14.1 innings.  This season put him back in the spotlight as a Yankees prospect and quieted the wildness issues for now.

Going into the 2011 season he was ranked as the #43 prospect by Baseball America.  This season he started at Trenton where he went 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA, 115 strikeouts, and 55 walks in 21 starts and 105.1 innings.  He was selected to the mid-season All-Star team.  He was then called up to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) toward the end of the season.  There he went 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA, 27 strikeouts, and 15 walks in 4 starts and 21 innings.  Although he did have some walk issues throughout the season he still looks to have a bright future with the Yankees.

Going forward from here he will most likely start the 2012 season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  He will still only be 24 and will probably need one more seasons in the minors before hopefully become a big time option for the Yankees in 2013.  There is a possibility if he shows a lot in AAA that he could be a midseason call-up and contribute next season.  His upshot is to be a top of the rotation starter in the next few years.  Hopefully this will happen as we are short on young pitches and it would be great if the Yankees could develop some homegrown starters.

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