In his first start for the Tampa Yankees on Friday, Dellin Betances struck out seven Lakeland Flying Tigers over six innings of work.
While the battery of Jesus Montero and Betances had some difficulty holding Lakeland's runners at first base [surrendering four stolen bases on the night], Betances was in command of all other aspects of his game.
"I felt like it was a real good game," he said of Friday night's win. "Just to get the first one of the season out of the way, I felt good.
"I had a little trouble with the first guy but after that I felt fine. Just trying to get the ball down and use all of my pitches to perfection. I felt like my changeup was the key to the game last Friday."
Betances says he is continuing to work on all of his pitches, paying special attention to location. With a 1.64 WHIP in 2007, he managed to improve significantly upon that mark with Charleston last season, lowering it to a 1.33.
"I feel comfortable and really good right now with my changeup. I feel like it is developed to where I want it to be.
"I am throwing it more now, more often. My breaking ball feels good as usual. I feel like I am locating my fastball much better this year."
The one chink in Betance's armor would seem to be his ability to hold runners. He was adamant in his determination to improve upon this part of his game.
"I feel like I still need to work on [holding the runners]. That is a thing I need to work on a lot actually. Just holding the runners and just quick time to home plate, I feel like that's the thing I need to work on day in and day out."
He was pleased to break camp with the Tampa Yankees, clearly appreciative of the opportunity to move up one more level towards the big leagues. Consistency was his major goal in camp.
"Just being consistent with my delivery, with every pitch, with my changeup, and curveball, but especially my changeup - just getting a good feel for it, just being more consistent.
"My goal is just to continue commanding all of my pitches down in the zone and just have a good year. You never know, but just work hard every day, be able to hold runners good, and just delivery wise, just be consistent with all of my pitches."
Betances Picking Up Where He Left Off
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