Betances' Game Coming Together

Dellin Betances is known for having some of the best stuff around, but at 6-foot-9 he has had a harder time repeating his delivery. He also was so big it took him some time to get to home plate with his pitches and defensively he was behind most of the other hurlers. These are all areas he vastly improved on in 2008 and his game is coming together quite nicely.

"Coming off of Instructs I feel I'm real good doing those parts," Dellin Betances opined. "I got to field my position and pick a guy off. I feel like I still need to work on stuff. You can always work on stuff, but I felt like I was pretty good at that."

Betances, who walked half as many batters in the second half of the season as he did in the first half and shaved nearly a run off of his ERA, credits his improved ability at holding runners and being quicker to home plate for his second half success.

Improving his ability to repeat his mechanics was also a huge contributing factor as well, helping him have greater command of all three of his pitches, including his changeup.

"I feel like that's always a pitch you need to be successful at each level," he said. "I was working on the changeup because I was inconsistent throughout the year.

"It would be good one game and then another game it wouldn't be so good. To get consistency with the changeup, that was a key part to Instructs. Getting a better grip and being consistent with it, that's what I was working on."

He almost exclusively pitched with his changeup during Instructs and the entire coaching staff was impressed with his progress in that regard earlier this offseason.

"I felt like that was a big step, just going out there and keep on throwing it, even if I was behind in the count. I felt like I could throw it behind in the count, ahead in the count, or even for a first-pitch changeup. That's a pitch I really need to focus on to get guys out."

With the way he finished his first full minor league season this year - going from a 1.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the first half to a 3.7 ratio in the second half - and then improving his changeup even more in Instructs, Betances believes his game is coming together.

"I felt when I came back from the injury in the second-half that I was better than I was two years ago, just improving on my times to home plate and being able to field my position, having my stuff and my command. I felt that's the best I've been and it carried over to Instructs," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Coming off of Instructs I feel I'm real good doing those parts,\" Dellin Betances opined. \"I got to field my position and pick a guy off. I feel like I still need to work on stuff. You can always work on stuff, but I felt like I was pretty good at that.\"
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\r\nBetances, who walked half as many batters in the second half of the season as he did in the first half and shaved nearly a run off of his ERA, credits his improved ability at holding runners and being quicker to home plate for his second half success.
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\r\nImproving his ability to repeat his mechanics was also a huge contributing factor as well, helping him have greater command of all three of his pitches, including his changeup.
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\r\n\"I feel like that's always a pitch you need to be successful at each level,\" he said. \"I was working on the changeup because I was inconsistent throughout the year.
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\r\n\"It would be good one game and then another game it wouldn't be so good. To get consistency with the changeup, that was a key part to Instructs. Getting a better grip and being consistent with it, that's what I was working on.\"
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\r\nHe almost exclusively pitched with his changeup during Instructs and the entire coaching staff was impressed with his progress in that regard earlier this offseason.
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\r\n\"I felt like that was a big step, just going out there and keep on throwing it, even if I was behind in the count. I felt like I could throw it behind in the count, ahead in the count, or even for a first-pitch changeup. That's a pitch I really need to focus on to get guys out.\"
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\r\nWith the way he finished his first full minor league season this year - going from a 1.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the first half to a 3.7 ratio in the second half - and then improving his changeup even more in Instructs, Betances believes his game is coming together.
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\r\n\"I felt when I came back from the injury in the second-half that I was better than I was two years ago, just improving on my times to home plate and being able to field my position, having my stuff and my command. I felt that's the best I've been and it carried over to Instructs,\" he concluded.
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