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Wednesday 18th Oct 2017

Watching the New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies spring training contest Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of seeing Yanks starter Ivan Nova blank the home club over two perfect innings while touching the mid-90’s. That was nothing compared to what followed an inning later.

Taking over in the fourth was prized prospect Dellin Betances, one of the pinstripers’ budding Killer B’s, along with Andrew Brackman and Manuel Banuelos. The 22-year-old Betances dialed his fastball up to 97 MPH while showing a nifty knuckle-curve and that was all he needed to do.

Oh yeah, the 6-foot-8 Brooklyn native struck out the side.

The right-hander’s victims were hardly the standard early-spring no-names wearing numbers in the 80’s, mind you. They were major leaguers Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and Wilson Valdez.

Having just 14 1/3 career innings at Double-A, Betances making the Yankees out of spring training seems highly unlikely. The YES Network broadcasters covering the game could however envision an early-season call-up scenario such as the Yanks did with Chien-Ming Wang in late April 2005.

Obviously, this was just the spring opener for Betances and even if he beats the odds and makes the team, he is not a candidate for 200 innings in 2011. Still, I saw a very impressive young talent on Sunday afternoon.



0 #4 Rob Leibowitz 2011-02-28 13:21
Yes, he might have more opportunities especially if Brown struggles, but hitting a homerun against a soft-tossing right-handed, 34-year old journeyman known for giving up fly-balls doesn't suddenly make me think Francisco is going to be good against right-handed pitchers. That said, I like Francisco for real-league and sim-league play (I love platoons!)
0 #3 Lawr Michaels 2011-02-27 22:44
agreed on francisco and opportunity.

fyi, mlb tv is showing a delay of the yanks phils starting at 8 PM ET, today (i guess that means opposite the oscars, but i know what i would rather watch).
0 #2 Brian Walton 2011-02-27 20:42
With Werth gone, Francisco seems to have an opportunity to earn more ABs this year. He clubbed a two-run HR Sunday off a righty, Buddy Carlisle. Domonic Brown did not look at the plate at all on this day.
0 #1 Rob Leibowitz 2011-02-27 20:07
Not to minimize Betances (His stuff is absolutely nasty - I was watching too), but - Valdez may have a MLB glove, but his bat?

Francisco is a clear platoon player who struggles against righties (.253 .310 .330 career line).

I think what we saw may be Betances best role long-term - power-reliever.

Hopefully that change-up, which he didn't need to today becomes an average MLB Pitch.

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