Showing posts with label Dellin Betances. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dellin Betances. Show all posts

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Baseball America's Yankees Top 10 Prospects

This comes out online in two days, but River Ave. Blues has it early:
  1. Austin Jackson,OF
  2. Jesus Montero, C
  3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
  4. Austin Romine, C
  5. Dellin Betances, RHP
  6. Zach McAllister, RHP
  7. Al Aceves, RHP
  8. Phil Coke, LHP
  9. Mark Melancon, RHP
  10. Brad Suttle, 3B
I'm pretty much in agreement here, except for Aceves and Coke. They're both solid players, but have low ceilings. While he hasn't done much lately, Humberto Sanchez has a much higher ceiling than either of them, and you could also make a case for recent draft picks like Jeremy Bleich. Even if they do belong on the list, Melancon should definitely be higher than them. Now, on to the rest of the list. Aside from the two I just mentioned, Austin Jackson is the only player to see time above Hi-A ball. The Yankees have a talented farm system, but most of that talent is located in the low minors. When these players mature and reach the higher levels, this could be one of the best systems in baseball.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Chuck Knoblog Minor League Awards: Most Improved Player

And the knobby goes to...
Dellin Betances, 20, RHP, Low-A Charleston Riverdogs
Betances is a huge righty with a huge ceiling. He stands 6'8", 245 lbs, and has been a highly touted prospect since he was signed to a way overslot million dollar signing bonus as an eighth round pick in the 2006 draft. Everybody around baseball knew that Dellin had a chance to be a great player one day, but like many tall pitchers, he took more time than others to show that potential. From the start of his professional career, Dellin has had the ability to strike out batters, but he had a lot of trouble with walks. Last season, though he only pitched 25 innings in the Gulf Coast League due to injury he had 6.12 BB/9. It's tough to call a player in just his first year of full season ball the most improved player, but the early part of this year compared to the rest has been night and day for Betances. Dellin's BB/9 this season in Charleston is 5.49, which is bad. However, let's look a little deeper. In April and May, Betances had a 6.55 BB/9. Since then, with a short DL stint mixed in, he has a 2.83 BB/9. Besides walks, Dellin's other numbers have been stellar. In 82 IP, he has a 3.62 ERA, 6.04 H/9, .99 HR/9, 10.32 K/9, 1.28 WHIP. Next year Dellin should start the year in Tampa, and I would assume he will spend the whole year there. Considering his size, I do not think the Yankees will fast-track him, but I expect big things from Dellin next year, as he is now starting to show indications that he may reach his ceiling as an ace.