Most major league teams have called up the prospects they intend on using to help them make a playoff push, or simply intend on taking a look at the final weeks of the season, so this will be the last Future Rookies of 2011. Thanks to those who have read all year. This week’s feature player is an electric Yankees prospect who struck out better than a batter an inning in his time in Double-A and Triple-A this year.
Dellin Betances, RP (Yahoo! position eligibility), New York Yankees, 23 years old
Despite words to the contrary recently, the Yankees have in fact promoted Betances to the parent club. It remains unclear if he’ll get any work, but whether he does or doesn’t, let’s take a look at his minor league campaign. His Double-A strikeout rate of 9.89 K/9 and Triple-A strikeout rate of 11.57 K/9 were awesome. Unfortunately, his walk rate was troubling at 4.70 BB/9 in Double-A and an even higher 6.43 BB/9 in Triple-A. He is a monster on the mound standing at 6′8 and weighing 260 pounds. Such a frame is reason to believe he can be a workhorse capable of piling up 200 innings pitched seasons with regularity. Not everyone thinks his future is in the rotation though, as some scouting reports are already suggesting the best thing for Betances is to make a move to the bullpen.
He features a power pitcher’s arsenal with a blazing fastball that grades out as a plus to plus-plus pitch and a power curveball. He’s also working on a change-up, but it remains lagging behind his top two offerings. Beyond only featuring two big league quality pitches at the moment, Betances control of all of his offerings is spotty at best and may be benefited by working out of the bullpen. The Yankees are likely to give Betances every opportunity possible to blossom into a frontline starter, as even the most valuable relievers aren’t as valuable as top flight starting pitchers. Betances should be scooped up in all dynasty leagues, as his upside is too great to ignore. Depending on the Yankees off season activity, Betances could be a rotation member as soon as next year.
Josh is a graduate of SUNY Cortland's Sport Management program, and an aspiring fantasy writer. You can catch up with Josh in the Cafe Forums where he posts as B-Chad. You can also follow his work at The Hardball Times and follow him on Twitter (BChad50).
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