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Dellin Betances | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 265
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dellin Betances was charged with an unearned run and walked two batters in the eighth, but he came away with a victory Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Betances showed good velocity tonight, sitting at 93-95 mph and hitting 97 mph with his fastball. Command, though, was a major issue, and he ended up throwing 32 pitches to get through the eighth. He came in with the Yankees down 2-1 and left down 3-1, but he got the win anyway after a comeback. Betances will probably get Thursday off after this one. Apr 8 - 10:46 PM

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Dellin Betances was called on to close the Yankees' spring finale and protected a one-run lead against the Nationals.

Betances allowed a hit and a walk, but he struck out the other three batters he faced. Perhaps it bodes well for him getting the Yankees' first save chance of the year. Andrew Miller set him up today with a scoreless eighth.
Apr 4 - 4:16 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Friday that he's leaning towards having Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller share the closer duties.

"Lineups might match up where one day he's the eighth inning guy and one day he's the ninth inning guy," Girardi said. The skipper is absolutely correct in what he's saying, but this certainly creates a headache for fantasy owners, especially for ones that have already spent a high draft pick on Betances. It seems likely that Betances will still earn the lion's share of the save opportunities, but it's worth noting that he's posted a 6.14 ERA this spring and his velocity has been down. His spring struggles almost surely influenced Girardi's decision.
Apr 3 - 11:06 AM

Dellin Betances walked two before finishing a scoreless inning against the Pirates on Thursday.

The good news is that Betances had his best velocity of the spring, sitting at 91-95 mph and hitting 97 mph once (though that pitch was hit hard to center). The bad news is that he still wasn't sharp at all. It took him 28 pitches to get through the frame, and he didn't throw any really good breaking balls. All in all, it was still encouraging, since the velocity is coming back. We wouldn't expect him to suddenly start dominating on Opening Day, though.
Apr 2 - 4:41 PM

Dellin Betances turned in another shaky inning Saturday, giving up one run versus the Orioles.

Betances walked one, and it appeared he was going to walk a second when he was given a very generous strike three call off the plate to end his frame. Betances' velocity is still well down, and he doesn't seem to be finishing his pitches. There isn't supposed to be anything wrong physically, and it's possible he'll suddenly find his mechanics and resume throwing like he did last year. Until then, though, it's hard to see the Yankees using him to close games.
Mar 28 - 4:19 PM

Pitching for a second straight day, Dellin Betances gave up a homer to one of the two guys he faced in relief Wednesday against the Mets.

Betances relieved Masahiro Tanaka with two outs in the fifth and gave up the homer to Juan Lagares. His stuff simply isn't very explosive right now, and while the Yankees keep saying that his stuff improved considerably last year following spring training, it's still a definite source of concern. It could lead to Andrew Miller potentially getting more save chances in the early going.
Mar 25 - 5:15 PM

Dellin Betances admitted after Tuesday's game that his velocity is "nowhere near where it should be."

Betances was regularly in the mid-to-high 90s during his breakthrough season last year, but he topped out at 94 mph on Tuesday and now has a 5.40 ERA across five appearances this spring. However, Betances and Yankees manager Joe Girardi are convinced that the velocity will come as he pitches more. He's scheduled to pitch on back-to-back days for the first time this spring with another appearance on Wednesday. The Yankees have yet to commit to Betances as their closer and might rely on multiple pitchers for save opportunities in the early part of the season.
Mar 25 - 2:11 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that he may not announce a true closer for the team coming out of spring training.

Girardi stated, "Bullpens are subject to change depending on how guys are doing, and it really hasn’t been a worry of mine because I think we have more than one candidate and guys that can do it. I don’t think it’s necessary that we name (one person), you’re going to be our closer right now." The popular thought all along has been that Dellin Betances would fill the role vacated by David Robertson, but Girardi insists that there are many capable options in his bullpen who can get outs in the ninth inning such as Andrew Miller and David Carpenter, in addition to Betances.
Mar 22 - 8:58 PM

Dellin Betances struggled through his inning on Saturday, giving up two doubles and his first run of the spring.

Betances, who typically worked at 95-98 mph last year, was throwing 92-93 mph today and leaving most of his breaking balls up in the zone. One bad day like this isn't much of a concern, but if his velocity remains down like this again next time out, alarm bells will begin to sound.
Mar 14 - 4:16 PM

Making his spring debut, Dellin Betances struck out two in his inning of work Sunday in the Yankees' 3-2 defeat of the Nationals.

Everyone seems to be assuming that Betances will be the Yankees' closer, even though Joe Girardi still isn't making any announcements. Andrew Miller, who worked ahead of Betances today, has pitched two scoreless innings this spring, striking out three.
Mar 8 - 5:48 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Saturday that Dellin Betances will not pitch again this season.

It was a phenomenal year for the 23-year-old hurler, posting a 5-0 record, 1.40 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 135/24 K/BB ratio over 90 innings. It will be interesting to see how the Yankees proceed with the impending free agency of David Robertson, as they appear to have a capable successor in house.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Dellin Betances had two strikeouts in one inning of relief work on Friday.

Betances kept the Royals off the board, but the Yankees were unable to scrape up a run and ended up losing 1-0. The flamethrower has been one of the best relievers in the bigs this season and has helped the Yankees stay alive in the playoff race. He has struck out 124 batters in just 82 innings while pitching to a 1.43 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in the 8th for the Bombers.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 10:37:00 PM

With David Robertson needing a day off, Dellin Betances pitched two scoreless innings for his first career save Monday against the Indians.

One imagines Betances will find himself all used up at some point, but he's been extremely valuable to the Yankees this far, throwing 52 1/3 innings with a 1.55 ERA and 79 strikeouts. The only relievers to throw more pitches this year are the Mets' Carlos Torres, the Yankees' Adam Warren and the Astros' Jerome Williams.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that he "wouldn't shy away" from using Dellin Betances to close when David Robertson needs a break.

It's no surprise given how dominant Betances has been this season, posting a 1.38 ERA and an absurd 56/9 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings. Robertson blew a save Sunday but has been plenty good himself this season, so don't expect Betances to usurp him anytime soon. However, it's worth noting that Robertson is currently slated for free agency after the season. The Yankees could let him walk and have Betances take over the ninth inning.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 07:33:00 PM

Dellin Betances hit 99 mph while striking out two in a perfect inning against the Astros Tuesday.

The former top prospect is making a full-time switch to relief this season after failing to throw enough strikes to stick as a starter. He was impressive in spring training and it carried over in Tuesday's appearance. Betances has only nine games of experience at the big league level, but he could wind up being David Robertson's primary setup man.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 08:47:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Stephen Drew
2Jose Pirela
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Gregorio Petit
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Carlos Beltran
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2CC Sabathia
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Adam Warren
6Ivan Nova
7Chris Capuano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3David Carpenter
4Justin Wilson
5Esmil Rogers
6Chris Martin
7Branden Pinder