Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Player Profile: Dellin Betances

I have three cards of Dellin Betances. This one is from 2012 Topps Chrome.

Playing career: Brooklyn native Dellin Betances grew up a Yankee fan and was the team’s eighth-round draft pick in 2006. Originally a starting pitcher, he struggled with his command at times. In 2013 he converted to the bullpen at AAA Scranton and had a strong season, going 6-4 with a 2.68 ERA, striking out 108 batters in 84 innings. In eight major league games for the Yankees in 2011 and 2013, he pitched 7.2 innings, striking out 12 but walking 8 and allowing 8 earned runs.

My memories: I remember the Yankees bringing up Betances and another highly-hyped prospect, Andrew Backman, at the end of the 2011 season and both pitched poorly. He’s still only 26 so it’s nice to see he might yet be a productive major league pitcher.

Where he is now: He made the Yankees' bullpen out of spring training and pitched a scoreless seventh inning last night in Houston, striking out two.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Delli, ahead of Delli Aldo, a shoe brand. There do not appear to be any other prominent Dellin Betanceses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rafael Betancourt.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see ma boi Betances get his own Player Profile :).