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New York Yankees Prospect Watch: No. 17 Dellin Betances

January 31st, 2013 at 4:17 AM
By Karen Vankat

Dellin Betances is not a new name to the New York Yankees prospect list just one that has slipped down in rank over the past couple of seasons.

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The 6' 8" 260 lb right-hander has had some bumps in the road over the past couple of seasons since he was considered part of the top prized "killer B's."

Betances has a multi pitch arsenal including a plus fastball that is clocked between 92-96 mph and a power curve that devastates hitters. Dellin has added the cutter and two-seamer to his array of pitches which are a bit slower then the four-seamer. Over the past couple of seasons Dellin has regressed because of lack of command and an increase walk ratio. Balance has been the issue which causes him to suddenly lose the strike zone. His command issues need to be resolved if Betances wants to someday be part of the Yankees starting rotation or otherwise he will end up being in the bullpen.

Because of his size stamina has also been an issue with Betances, who seems to run out of gas during games. He needs to step up his conditioning and use his legs more in his delivery to combat these issues.

Last year Dellin was demoted in June from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to Double-A Trenton Thunder because he walked 8.3 batters per nine innings in just 16 starts. Betances was eventually put on the DL in August with shoulder soreness.

During this past season in the Arizona Fall League Betances played for the Scottsdale Scorpions and looked like the "old Betances" throwing a shut out in his last fall appearance.

For Betances to succeed at the next level he will need to resolve his command and stamina problems and prove he can pitch in the Major Leagues.

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Tags: Baseball, Dellin Betances, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Trenton Thunder

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