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3/23/1988 (28 y, 10 m, 30 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 8, Pick: 28, Overall: 254, Team: New York Yankees
$3M / 1 Years (2017)
Betances lost his arbitration case Saturday and will receive $3 million in 2017, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (2/18/2017)
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While he’s one of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects, Betances is still somewhat of a wild card. The 24-year-old has great stuff and overwhelming size, but his command problems remain prevalent and may force him to move to the bullpen in the long-term. As far as 2012 goes, the right-hander will be honing his stuff in the minors, and until he proves that his command is under control, he won’t be joining the big league club. Don’t be afraid to draft him in the second half of dynasty league drafts, but just don’t pin your hopes on him as a prospect. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Betances has massive size and stuff, but control problems will keep him out of the majors for the time being. He’s a solid dynasty league pick as long as you realize there are much better pitching prospects out there for the taking.
Considered by many a top pitching prospect, Betances remains unable to make the necessary adjustments. His long levers combined with insufficient athleticism cause him a lot of problems trying to repeat his delivery. It appears Betances' command and control will never be good enough for a starting role, but his power arm could be an asset in a major league bullpen at some point. He has a fourth option year and will probably begin 2014 in the minors. (Al Skorupa)
The Quick Opinion:
Betances has a big arm but can't repeat his delivery or find any consistency in his secondaries. With a fourth option year the Yankees will likely send him back to Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He can miss bats, but is a major risk to blow up your ERA & WHIP every time he goes out there.
Betances is a lesson in why teams rarely give up on promising arms. The monster-sized power arm went from top starting pitching prospect to wipeout (6.44 ERA in the upper minors in 2012) to striking out 135 batters in 90 big league innings as a reliever -- all in the span of five seasons. Now, with the retirement of Mariano Rivera and the loss of David Robertson to free agency, Betances stands to inherit the role of closer in the Bronx. Despite his amazing story from 2014, the now-26-year-old hurler has only displayed the otherworldly command and control for one season so he’s by no means a sure thing entering 2015 — which makes him a risky top reliever target for 2015. Given his high profile and gaudy numbers, Betances could very easily be overvalued in fantasy drafts, suggesting your money (in auction drafts) or high draft slots (in non-auction drafts) could be better utilized elsewhere on “safer” players. With that said, he also has a chance to be the most valuable reliever in baseball. Maddening. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Betances has a very small history of success but, when he's been good, he's been downright scary. He carries some risk -- due to years of struggling with his command and control -- but he also has the talent to be the top reliever in fantasy baseball.
Dellin Betances has been one of the best relievers in baseball for two years running now. At this point, he's more than put to rest any concerns about his past struggles as a starter in the minors, where he got shelled due to his spotty command. He easily lead all relievers in strikeouts in both 2014 and 2015. He also had the second lowest ERA and fourth lowest WHIP among qualified relievers over the last two years. Most impressive of all, he did so while throwing nearly 20 more relief innings than any other pitcher. As a result, his gaudy numbers move the needle in the rate stat categories more than your typical reliever. The downside with Betances is that he's probably not the Yankees' closer, which means he'll get at most handful of saves unless something happens to Aroldis Chapman -- and possibly Andrew Miller as well. Saves are a big deal in fantasy, and generally comprise the bulk of a reliever's value. However, Betances is so good in a setup role that he was still a very valuable reliever in each of the last two years. Expect him to come close to replicating his 2014 and 2015 numbers this year. He should be an excellent fantasy reliever once again, albeit without many saves. (Chris Mitchell)
The Quick Opinion:
Betances probably won't get you more than a couple of saves due to the dominance of the other two relievers around him, but he dominates in every other category. Feel free to dish out for Betances. Just be sure you have another source for saves.
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