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Yankees add former top prospect Dellin Betances to bullpen

Aug 11, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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As first relayed by Bryan Hoch of, the Yankees have promoted right-hander Dellin Betances from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will have him pitch out of their big-league bullpen down the stretch. David Adams was optioned to the Triple-A level in a corresponding 25-man roster move.

Betances cracked Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospects list after both 2010 and 2011, but the 25-year-old never quite put it all together as a starter and finished the 2012 season with a rough 6.44 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 131 1/3 minor league innings. He was moved to a bullpen role early this summer and has since flourished, boasting a 1.46 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings of relief as of his Sunday morning callup.

The native of Brooklyn, New York should do well as a long reliever in the Bronx.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Can he make the Yankee fans forget Chamberlain and Hughes?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Can anyone make the jay fans forget its been 20+ years since they made the postseason?? I doubt it cause I got bad news, 2014 will be no better!!! HAHHAHAHA

  2. wineguy55 - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The problem with young pitchers not developing and being successful could be the way the YANKEES handle them, like jerking them between the bullpen and starting.

    • flamethrower101 - Aug 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Brian Cashman thinks you should “Shut the f*** up” and eat crow.

  3. sdelmonte - Aug 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I was totally unaware he’d moved to the pen. I could say this isn’t the team I really follow, but I read Yankees news plenty, and no one mentioned this.

  4. pisano - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    He was one of the over-hyped “Killer B’s” all three have been injury prone, and I think there are only two of the three left, I don’t know what happened to the third one of the group. I’ll say this, of the three, none have done anything, does this remind anyone of Joba and Hughes?

    • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I think you mean Andrew Brackman. He pitched two innings in high A for the White Sox in June. A recent John Sickels review:

      Andrew “The Scranton Horror” Brackman, RHP, Grade B-: 7.26 ERA with 58/69 K/BB in 76 innings for Scranton, 71 hits allowed. He is hounded by abominable, eldritch control problems, like insane flute music pulsating with a mind-bending disharmony of universal, ultimate chaos. Those who ruminate overmuch on the chthonic mysteries of Andrew Brackman’s career put their sanity at risk, as their mental boundaries melt under the hideous assault of such an unspeakable waste of talent and money. Ia! Shub-Niggurath! Ia! Ia! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Walks!

      • pisano - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        jwlll… Thanks, it’s been so long since I’d heard of him, he slipped my mind. It appears life in baseball hasn’t been going real good for him. I think Betances also had control problems, if I remember correctly.

      • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        Checking the Carolina League transaction log, Brackman was DLed soon after his only appearance and was released last week. Could be the end of the road for him.

      • jwbiii - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        More from Baseball America:

        The release of Andrew Brackman could end the baseball career of the former two-sport star at North Carolina State. The Yankees’ 2007 first-round pick signed a lucrative major league contract in August of that year, with a $3.35 million signing bonus and guarantee of $4.55 million, even though he needed Tommy John surgery. He debuted in 2009 as a 23-year-old and struggled with command throughout his minor league career. He reached New York for three relief outings at the end of 2011, but he became a free agent that October and signed with the Reds in January 2012, then signed with the White Sox as a free agent last offseason. According to a source close to Brackman, he has yet to decide whether or not to continue his baseball career or to attempt to return to basketball. He played two seasons of hoops at N.C. State, where the 6-foot-10 Brackman averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 block per game as a reserve in 2004-2006. (John Manuel)

    • genericcommenter - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I wouldn’t write off a 22 year-old who was handling AA very well at 19, and AAA decently at 20, just yet.

  5. dondada10 - Aug 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I’m a Phil Hughes apologist. He’s giving up a .916 OPS (156 OPS +) at home, which is horrendous. His OPS against on the road is .718 (98+) which isn’t great, but it’s not bad for a 3-4 starter.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    You want busts? Look no further then what the bluejays have been drafting over the last 15 years folks!! And they get the better picks yet!!! JOKE of a team!!

    • jwbiii - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:20 AM

      Sure. Let’s compare them to some other random team. This is bWAR for drafted prospects who signed with the team for the last 15 years. Players traded after they were signed, like Aaron Miles or Austin Jackson count.

      Year    Tor    NYY
      2013    0.0    0.0
      2012    0.0    0.0
      2011    0.0    0.0
      2010   -0.5    0.7
      2009    5.1    0.1
      2008   -1.9    1.8
      2007    8.2   -0.1
      2006    0.3   28.4
      2005    9.9   52.9
      2004   15.1    8.3
      2003   44.6   11.8
      2002    3.4    1.6
      2001    6.0    0.3
      2000    2.0   -0.9
      1999   45.3   -1.9
      Tot   137.5  103.0
      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        and what you are not showing everyone with your little graph is that the bluejays always have picked much higher during those years due to the piss poor record of the bluejays year in and year out AND the jays got more picks over that time frame then we have (yes that should count also!) so when you adjust for those factors the jays have drafted very poorly for a team that had all those extra picks and for picking in much more favorable spots!!!

        Case closed!!

        Im right again!

      • jwbiii - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Comparing the number of picks and the position of the picks is a fairly tedious process. This is the formula for the expected return value of a draft pick:

        WAR = (20.7 + (-8.5 * pitcher) + (4.6 * college)) * selection ^ (-.49)
        Pitcher = 1 if the draftee is a pitcher, College =1 is the draftee is from a college

        This is an explanation of the methodology

        Comparing the Blue Jays and Yankees expected returns from the draft for first round picks only over the last 15 years, the Blue Jays should have been expected to get 34.5 more WARs from those. Since this is exactly what we see, we can infer that the Blue Jays are no worse or better at drafting and developing talent than the Yankees.

        I had a high school chemistry teacher once who said that if you got the right answer, your errors cancelled each other out. You should turn off the lights, lock the door to lab, and go home. He was more rigorous when I worked for him. He was paying me by the hour, so what the heck.

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