Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Road to Yankee Stadium Top 10: #2 Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances, RHP, AA/AAA

Towering right hander Dellin Betances didn't have an amazing 2011 season.  However, it is his exciting potential that puts him this high on this list.  In 2011 he spent most of the season at Trenton (AA), got called up to Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA) toward the end of the season, and finally made his major league debut on September 22, 2011.  At AA he went 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA with 115 strikeouts, and 55 walks in 21 starts and 105.1 innings.  He was also named a Mid-Season All-Star for AA.  Then he was called up to AAA and made 4 starts there.  He went 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks in 21 innings.  He then made his major league debut in late September and pitched in 2 games, starting 1.  He didn't record a decision and posted a 6.75 ERA in 2.2 innings.

Betances was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 draft out a New York City High School (Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.) by the Yankees.  After posting two good seasons in the GCL and Staten Island (LoA SS), he became known as a Yankees top pitching prospect with a lot of potential but still very raw.  Then he had two mediocre seasons, between the GCL, Charleston (LoA), and Tampa (HiA) which culminated in 2009 with a injured elbow that resulted in a Tommy John surgery.  This dropped him of many people's radar until the 2010 season when he re-emerged as a top prospect.  There he started the season at Tampa and dominated, going 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA.  This got him called up to AA and in 3 starts posted a 3.77 ERA.  

Going forward he has a lot of potential, his biggest issue this past season was control.  Although he has not always had this issue, 2011 was not his best year for control.  Therefore, if he can get that under control I see him have a very successful career.  Shaeffer Hall agreed in his interview.  This upcoming season he will most likely start at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but he could definitely make an impact on the major league level.  Especially if one of the Yankees starters goes down with an injury or is ineffective he would be one of the first people with the shot of being called up.  If he can work on his control issues then I could see him being in the Yankees rotation at the beginning of the 2013 season.  But with the Yankees and there free spending ways he may not have a spot with the high number of solid free agent starters available before the 2013 season.

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