Betances Showing Improvement

TRENTON, NJ - Back in June, right-handed starting pitcher Dellin Betances was demoted from Triple-A Scranton to Double-A Trenton. The 6-foot-8, 260-pounder, who last season pitched in two big league games, started off the year with Scranton, but struggled mightily, going 3-5 with a 6.39 ERA in 16 Triple-A starts.

"He just wasn't as successful as they would've liked to see him in Scranton," Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. "Maybe this is a better venue for him to accomplish what they are looking for."

So far, Betances' Double-A results have been mixed. In seven starts, he is 2-1 with 38 strikeouts and a 4.31 ERA in 39 2/3 innings.

The biggest problem for him has undoubtedly been control. In particular, Betances' curveball has been inconsistent. It continues to have sharp bite, but the 24-year-old has had trouble throwing it for strikes.

The New York City native had a somewhat quality start on Thursday afternoon in a win against the Altoona Curve. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two over five innings.

But, his control was an issue one again. Only 53 of the 93 pitches Betances threw were for strikes, not a very good ratio.

"My curveball was off," said Betances, who in addition to a curveball throws a fastball and changeup. "I just couldn't get it going. I just didn't have it the whole game. Hopefully it will be better next time.

"I just didn't have good feel for it. In the bullpen, I felt good with it. But in the game, I just didn't have a good feel for it. Maybe I just need to get more out in front with it."

Despite his lackluster stat-line in Double-A, Betances has shown glimpses of why he is often considered a top-pitching prospect in the Yankees' organization.

Take, for example, his start on July 26 against the Harrisburg Senators when he struck out seven while giving up one earned run over seven innings.

But there have also been few not-so-good outings as well, like on July 22 against the Reading Phillies, when he relinquished seven runs on 10 hits and three walks over three innings.

Still, Franklin sees an improvement from Betances, who last season went 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA for Trenton.

"Much better pitcher," Franklin said. "And I'm not talking in terms of strikeouts and walks and things of that nature.

"I'm talking about in terms of delivery, which is in mechanics, which is probably going to help him become a better pitcher in the bigger picture. I think he has a better understanding of what he's supposed to do and how he's supposed to go about doing it."

An 8th round selection in the 2006 draft, Betances also thinks his return to Double-A has helped him.

"I feel like it's been pretty good," Betances said. "I've had one really bad start. But besides that, I feel like I've been hanging in there and just trying to compete every time out. I just feel like I'm more under control with everything."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He just wasn't as successful as they would've liked to see him in Scranton,\" Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. \"Maybe this is a better venue for him to accomplish what they are looking for.\"
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\r\nSo far, Betances' Double-A results have been mixed. In seven starts, he is 2-1 with 38 strikeouts and a 4.31 ERA in 39 2/3 innings.
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\r\nThe biggest problem for him has undoubtedly been control. In particular, Betances' curveball has been inconsistent. It continues to have sharp bite, but the 24-year-old has had trouble throwing it for strikes.
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\r\nThe New York City native had a somewhat quality start on Thursday afternoon in a win against the Altoona Curve. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two over five innings.
\r\n
\r\nBut, his control was an issue one again. Only 53 of the 93 pitches Betances threw were for strikes, not a very good ratio.
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\r\n\"My curveball was off,\" said Betances, who in addition to a curveball throws a fastball and changeup. \"I just couldn't get it going. I just didn't have it the whole game. Hopefully it will be better next time.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just didn't have good feel for it. In the bullpen, I felt good with it. But in the game, I just didn't have a good feel for it. Maybe I just need to get more out in front with it.\"
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\r\nDespite his lackluster stat-line in Double-A, Betances has shown glimpses of why he is often considered a top-pitching prospect in the Yankees' organization.
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\r\nTake, for example, his start on July 26 against the Harrisburg Senators when he struck out seven while giving up one earned run over seven innings.
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\r\nBut there have also been few not-so-good outings as well, like on July 22 against the Reading Phillies, when he relinquished seven runs on 10 hits and three walks over three innings.
\r\n
\r\nStill, Franklin sees an improvement from Betances, who last season went 4-9 with a 3.70 ERA for Trenton.
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\r\n\"Much better pitcher,\" Franklin said. \"And I'm not talking in terms of strikeouts and walks and things of that nature.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm talking about in terms of delivery, which is in mechanics, which is probably going to help him become a better pitcher in the bigger picture. I think he has a better understanding of what he's supposed to do and how he's supposed to go about doing it.\"
\r\n
\r\nAn 8th round selection in the 2006 draft, Betances also thinks his return to Double-A has helped him.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like it's been pretty good,\" Betances said. \"I've had one really bad start. But besides that, I feel like I've been hanging in there and just trying to compete every time out. I just feel like I'm more under control with everything.\"
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