Huge Year For Betances

Long lauded for his plus-plus stuff, towering right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances has proven two things over his six-year minor league career thus far; he has amazing strikeout stuff and he can walk a number of batters too. Now part of the 40-man roster and headed back to Triple-A this season, he admits this is going to be a huge year for him.

He had a very strong showing in big league Spring Training camp this year, posting a 0.00 ERA in five appearances and while he did walk five batters in eight innings the fact is he got better with each passing outing.

"I thing everything went good," Betances said of big league camp. "I was just working on certain things to have better concentration when I'm out there. It's more on the mental side than anything.

"I felt good though, I felt like I was able to show them that I have confidence when I go out there. It was definitely fun. The first game wasn't so good but every time after that I felt better and better.

"I just got in a good routine and I felt I was more confident in myself just trying to throw strikes and use my offspeed pitches as well. I felt like I had a pretty good spring."

He still has his bouts of wildness and inconsistencies throwing strikes. And while most would like his mechanics to be natural to the point where they are no longer an issue, the fact is it is something that will always need attention.

"I feel for me mechanics are always going to be something that I'll have to work on just because it's harder for me to repeat my delivery," he admitted. "It's something I always try to focus in on.

"I'm going to work on it hard in Triple-A with Scotty [Aldred]. I just need to throw more strikes and work from there. I feel good right now. The arm feels good and I'm ready to go. I'm going to have a good time in Triple-A."

Aside from the obvious varying arm slot and differing mechanics from time to time, physically Betances is as gifted as they come. It's the mental side, however, that he feels he has really taken some steps forward in his game.

"For me it was more [about] believing in myself and trusting myself and my stuff, and think positively," he said of the biggest thing he picked up in big league camp. "If you throw a bad pitch, forget about that one and try to execute the next pitch. It's just about one pitch at a time and be positive."

While it was just a handful of appearances, he believes he did just that this spring.

"Definitely, after every time out I got better and better," he continued. "I got into tough situations and I was able to get out of them. It's something I've got to take with me to Triple-A and just try to have a good year."

It's not as if he's never shown the ability to throw strikes consistently either though. Two years ago he walked just 22 batters in 85 innings and he feels he can get back to that kind of control on the mound.

"Yeah I definitely feel I know I can do it, it's just a matter of having good balance and being able to repeat my delivery. It definitely gets tough but I've got to keep working hard but I definitely feel like I can go out there and have good command of all three pitches.

"When I'm able to do that I feel like it's going to be hard for the opposing batters because I have an advantage being taller and I have good secondary [pitches] to get these guys out."

Possessing great stuff, able to repeat his mechanics more consistently now, and having a better idea of how to let the negative aspects of the game not spiral out of control, Betances believes things are coming together for him at the right time.

"This is a huge year for me, I feel like. I feel like this is going to be one of those years that if I put the work in that I'll be able to do things that I know I can do.

"It's going to be a huge year for me and I feel like I can help out the [big league] team at some point," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe had a very strong showing in big league Spring Training camp this year, posting a 0.00 ERA in five appearances and while he did walk five batters in eight innings the fact is he got better with each passing outing.
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\r\n\"I thing everything went good,\" Betances said of big league camp. \"I was just working on certain things to have better concentration when I'm out there. It's more on the mental side than anything.
\r\n
\r\n\"I felt good though, I felt like I was able to show them that I have confidence when I go out there. It was definitely fun. The first game wasn't so good but every time after that I felt better and better.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just got in a good routine and I felt I was more confident in myself just trying to throw strikes and use my offspeed pitches as well. I felt like I had a pretty good spring.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe still has his bouts of wildness and inconsistencies throwing strikes. And while most would like his mechanics to be natural to the point where they are no longer an issue, the fact is it is something that will always need attention.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel for me mechanics are always going to be something that I'll have to work on just because it's harder for me to repeat my delivery,\" he admitted. \"It's something I always try to focus in on.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm going to work on it hard in Triple-A with Scotty [Aldred]. I just need to throw more strikes and work from there. I feel good right now. The arm feels good and I'm ready to go. I'm going to have a good time in Triple-A.\"
\r\n
\r\nAside from the obvious varying arm slot and differing mechanics from time to time, physically Betances is as gifted as they come. It's the mental side, however, that he feels he has really taken some steps forward in his game.
\r\n
\r\n\"For me it was more [about] believing in myself and trusting myself and my stuff, and think positively,\" he said of the biggest thing he picked up in big league camp. \"If you throw a bad pitch, forget about that one and try to execute the next pitch. It's just about one pitch at a time and be positive.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile it was just a handful of appearances, he believes he did just that this spring.
\r\n
\r\n\"Definitely, after every time out I got better and better,\" he continued. \"I got into tough situations and I was able to get out of them. It's something I've got to take with me to Triple-A and just try to have a good year.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt's not as if he's never shown the ability to throw strikes consistently either though. Two years ago he walked just 22 batters in 85 innings and he feels he can get back to that kind of control on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah I definitely feel I know I can do it, it's just a matter of having good balance and being able to repeat my delivery. It definitely gets tough but I've got to keep working hard but I definitely feel like I can go out there and have good command of all three pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"When I'm able to do that I feel like it's going to be hard for the opposing batters because I have an advantage being taller and I have good secondary [pitches] to get these guys out.\"
\r\n
\r\nPossessing great stuff, able to repeat his mechanics more consistently now, and having a better idea of how to let the negative aspects of the game not spiral out of control, Betances believes things are coming together for him at the right time.
\r\n
\r\n\"This is a huge year for me, I feel like. I feel like this is going to be one of those years that if I put the work in that I'll be able to do things that I know I can do.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's going to be a huge year for me and I feel like I can help out the [big league] team at some point,\" he concluded.
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