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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 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

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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

Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno have won the final two spots in the Yankees' bullpen.

Betances earned a spot by allowing just one run and striking out 11 over 12 1/3 innings this spring. His control will probably always be an issue, but the hard-thrower could wind up being David Robertson's setup man.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Dellin Betances retired all five Twins he faced in relief Friday.

Betances is up to eight scoreless innings for the spring, allowing just two hits in the process. He was penciled in for some more Triple-A time at the beginning of the spring, but the Yankees have to be giving serious thought to bringing him north. Ideally, he'll eventually turn into their eighth-inning guy.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Dellin Betances pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two versus the Pirates on Wednesday.

Betances was given a fourth option year, so he's likely to return to Triple-A for the beginning of the season. This will be his first full year in the pen after he was shifted from the rotation last May. He has a chance to be useful in short relief if he can throw a few more strikes.
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 04:15:00 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Wednesday that Dellin Betances has qualified for a fourth option.

Good news for the Yankees, otherwise they would have had to expose him to waivers if he didn't make the big club in the spring. Now they can send him back to the minors without the risk of losing him.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3John Ryan Murphy
4Juan Graterol
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Stephen Drew
2Robert Refsnyder
3Nick Noonan
4Cole Figueroa
5Jonathan Galvez
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Slade Heathcott
RF1Carlos Beltran
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2CC Sabathia
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Adam Warren
6Ivan Nova
7Chris Capuano
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3David Carpenter
4Justin Wilson
5Esmil Rogers
6Chasen Shreve
7Andrew Bailey
8Chris Martin
9Jared Burton
10Diego Moreno
11Jacob Lindgren