The wild card on the New York Yankees is Dellin Betances. He has all the tools to be a dominate pitcher, but he consistently finds himself in trouble. Betances had a up and down season in 2017 which proved his inconsistency.
The main problem for Betances is mental. When he gets in trouble his expressions tell everything. If Betances can return to form he will make the Yankees bullpen a whole lot deeper.
Betances’s numbers last season:
2.87 ERA, 100 K, 44 BB, 10 SV
Betances is a native New Yorker who was born in Washington Heights. He attended many games at the old Yankee Stadium. He attended High School at Progress in Brooklyn. Betances was an Aflac- All American in his junior year. He decided to attended Vanderbilt, but the Yankees picked him in the 8th round of the 2006 draft. Betances was given a one million dollar signing bonus with the Yankees and did not go to Vanderbilt.
Betances was orginally a starter in the Yankees system, but after he had control problems the Bombers made him a full-time reliever. Betances had a nickname in the Yankees’ system along with former top prospect Manny Banuelos, they were called the “Killer Bees”. Betances made his debut on September 22, 2011.
Betances spent all of the 2012 season in Scranton. He also played a majority of the 2013 season Scranton. He was recalled to the Yankees when roster expanded in September and only pitched in six games.
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He made the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2014 and had a fantastic season. Betances earned his first All-Star game appearance along with Masahiro Tanaka. On September 17, he surpassed Mariano Rivera’s record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher with 131. Betances finished the season third in rookie of the year voting for the 2014 season.
Betances followed up the 2014 season with an amazing 2015 season. He split time with Andrew Miller in the closers role. Betances was the first Yankee in history to record back to back 100 strikeout seasons. He also earned his second All-Star Game appearance.
Betances had a nice 2016 season and was selected to his third All-Star team. For the first-half of the season Betances along with Andrew Miller and Chapman made up No-Runs DMC. Betances also recorded 100 strikeouts in his third consecutive season.
Betances had a very rough season last year. He was wild throughout the campaign and that extended into the Postseason. The highlight of his season was on August 2nd. He pitched an immaculate inning against the Tigers. Fans were nervous every time he entered the game because it was an adventure.
2018 and Beyond:
Betances will be used in the set-up role or if Champan needs rest as the closer. If Betances can get his emotions under control then he will be able to return to his old self, a strikeout machine. Betances needs to use his fastball more instead of relying on his curveball. He also needs to limit base runners because they easily steal on him. Betances has the opportunity to have a rebound year and I think he will have achieve that.