What a major-league scout says: “I’m sure Derek Jeter is going to start the all-star game in San Francisco for the American League. But this guy could be his heir.
“He is probably going to wind up with more errors than last year, but Jeter had 22 his first full year. Betancourt has more range than most and he plays with a flair. He has fun. Watching him field a ground ball behind second and making a strong throw to get a guy on a bang-bang play is like watching Dontrelle Willis pitch. We don’t have enough of that.”
“Some Cubans ,such as Ariel Prieto or Osvaldo Fernandez, have been busts. This kid can play. He’s like those flashy, yet dependable shortstops from Cuba: Bert Campaneris, Leo Cardenas or Rey Ordonez. Last time I looked he’d struck out only about 10% of his plate appearances.
“You might argue whether he’ll take over from Jeter, or if he was good as Campaneris or Ordonez, but I’ll tell you one thing, he’s the best dang shortstop named Yuniesky that I’ve ever seen.”
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