Daily Archives: November 12, 2011

Seedling 2 Stars Feature: Dellin Betances #88

Seedling to Stars is a great website and always has the latest about the young guys.  Below is some of what they have said about Yankees’ own, Dellin Betances.  Please give it a read, then click the link for the rest of the article.  Thanks and Enjoy.

Dellin Betances ranked as the #88 prospect in baseball on my top 100 prospects list this offseason, mainly on the strength of his size, stuff, and strikeout rates. However, he wasn’t higher on that list mainly due to his struggles at throwing strikes, a problem that was magnified in his brief MLB callup this September. Betances made a 2/3-inning, four-walk appearance in relief and then worked two scoreless innings with two walks and one hit allowed in a start on the final day of the regular season.

He’ll be 24 in March, so Betances isn’t all that young, and he’s at the point where he’s going to need to demonstrate some polish or get moved to relief. But before we look at his problems, let’s look at what he throws.

Betances is often credited with two plus pitches: a mid-90′s fastball and a power curve. Even though he was working in short stints in his two MLB appearances, his fastball wasn’t in the mid-90′s–he worked at 91-95 mph. I imagine that he’d probably be at 90-93 in the rotation, with the ability to reach back for the occasional 94-95 pitch.

That’s not to diminish the quality of Betances’ fastball, however. He’s got a fairly deceptive arm action and a high arm slot that causes the ball to explode up in the strike zone. Because of his height and deception, it’s tough to pick up the plane of the ball out of his hand. It’s easy to see how he could get a lot of batters to swing at shoulder-high fastballs in the minors.

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Morning Bits: Sabathia, Budget, Girardi

Good morning everyone. Here are today’s links:

— Now that he has been extended, C.C. Sabathia is looking ahead.

— Dave Cameron of FanGraphs writes about the Yankees budget, or lack thereof.

— Joe Girardi is looking for the Yankees to add more pitching depth for next season.

Have a great day.