Dellin Betances is a 6’8″, 23 year old right hander from Brooklyn NY. He ascended from 2A to 3A to a September callup in 2011 and he held opponents to a .217 batting average for the season. Unlike many tall hurlers, Betances is rated as an excellent athlete, but he may still need a bit of extra seasoning in the minors because throwing mechanics are (apparently) diffcult to master as an extra tall fella. In addition to unique height (pitch tilt), the Brooklynite possesses two plus pitches, a 95 mph fastball and a hammer curve. That combo of athleticism, size and stuff keeps scouts interested and maintains Dellin’s presence on all of the appropriate Top Prospect lists. That said, a couple of potential red flags exist: While Betances reportedly owns a changeup within his repertoire, he apparently stayed away from the pitch in 2011. The third pitch will require a rediscovery (unless he wants to be AJ Burnett), and just as importantly, Dellin will need to improve his control. With a career BB/9 approaching 4.50, the young righty will need to improve upon his ability to locate within the strike zone (unless he wants to be AJ Burnett). For now, DB is a raw, high-ceiling right hander with the potential to be an ace, or an erratic starter, or a frustrating reliever or a bust. Fitz and Vig vote for the first option (ace). Third pitch + Command + Health = Ace.
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