Betances Is New York's Latest Skyscraper

New York City is a breeding ground for talent in the high school basketball ranks. If you attend a New York City high school, stand at 6'9, and weight 215 pounds, you will most likely be playing basketball. We say ‘most likely' because in the case of Dellin Betances, he did just the opposite.

Dellin did grow up playing basketball, however, at age ten his brother influenced him to switch to baseball, and he did just that. Dellin realizes his height is rare to see in baseball, but at the same times believes it gives him an added advantage on the mound.

"I have a bigger stride to the plate than most pitchers," Betances said from his Brooklyn, New York home. "I also know there is a little bit of fear in hitters when they see me."

Betances went 6-0 with a 0.17 ERA as a junior for Grand Street Campus high school, and recorded 100 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings. Betances had two memorable moments as a junior when he threw a complete game no-hitter against Cardozo High School, and when he recorded seventeen strikeouts against John Adams High School. However, the senior is not only helping his team on the mound, but is contributing with the bat, batting above .400 with Grand Street.

"I have always been strong as a pitcher, but my coach wants me to bat as well, and I want to help my team win."

Betances realizes he does not play in the state that is a hot spot for baseball, which is why he frequently travels to showcases to show off his arm. Betances also does not have the advantage of playing baseball year round, like players in California and Florida do.

"I spend a lot of time working out indoors and perfecting my game," Betances said.

This past summer Betances was invited to the AFLAC All-American Game, and was the first player ever from the state of New York to receive an invitation.

"It was an awesome experience," said the right-handed pitcher. "I got to face the top players in the nation and show scouts what I can do."

Betances features a two-seam and four-seam fastball, to go along with a cutter, curveball, and changeup. The right-hander features a low 90s fastball, but also has a knuckle curveball in his repertoire that he uses to strike out hitters.

"The pitch I want to work on a little more is my changeup," the Brooklyn native said. "I was throwing it well in the fall, and want to get it back."

The right-hander also has international experience as well. Pitching in the Junior Olympics, held in Mexico, for Team USA, the right-hander threw a six-inning no-hitter against Panama.

Betances has not decided on what his plans will be after his senior year of high school. He is still evaluating his collegiate plans, but also has an eye on the draft.

"I am really looking forward to it, and want to work as hard as I can to be the best."

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